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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Writer
Nation: Russian
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Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.

Tags: Fool, Life, Wise

A bachelor is a man who comes to work each morning from a different direction.

Tags: Direction, Morning, Work

No matter how bad things get you got to go on living, even if it kills you.

Tags: Bad, Living, Matter

Gossip is nature's telephone.

Tags: Gossip, Nature, Telephone

The rich swell up with pride, the poor from hunger.

Tags: Poor, Pride, Rich

A cantor, when he starts singing, it's like rain - once it starts, it's hard to stop.

Tags: Hard, Once, Rain

A real pleasure is a pleasure that one enjoys by one's self, without a companion, and without a single argument.

Tags: Real, Self, Single

Ah, how many luxuries has the good God prepared for his Jewish children.

Tags: Children, God, Good

Here lies a plain and simple Jew who wrote in plain and simple prose.

Tags: Here, Lies, Simple

No one knows whom the shoe pinches - no one.

Tags: Knows, Shoe, Whom

They say that children become men, and men become children. Many generations have grown up, become men, and gone hence.

Tags: Become, Children, Men

When have you ever heard of a cantor or any artist turning anyone down when he is strongly urged to perform?

Tags: Anyone, Artist, Heard

You can take a Jew out of a shtetl, but you cannot take a shtetl out of a Jew.

Tags: Cannot, Jew

It is an old custom amongst Jewish children, to become war-like on the 'L'ag Beomer.' They arm themselves from head to foot with wooden swords, pop-guns and bows and arrows. They take food with them, and go off to wage war.

Tags: Children, Food, War

One cannot live on potatoes alone. It is said that one wants bread with potatoes. And when there's no bread, a Jew takes his stick, and goes through the village in search of business.

Tags: Alone, Business, Cannot

Playing nuts is a game like any other, neither better than tops, nor worse than cards. The game is played in various ways. There are 'holes' and 'bank' and 'caps.' But every game finishes up in the same way. One boy loses, another wins. And, as always, he who wins is a clever fellow, a smart fellow, a good fellow.

Tags: Game, Good, Smart

Remember, you must not sleep at the Seder. If you do, Elijah the Prophet will come with a bag on his shoulders. On the two first nights of Passover, Elijah the Prophet goes about looking for those who have fallen asleep at the Seder, and takes them away in his bag.

Tags: Away, Remember, Sleep

There are people who have never been taught anything, and know everything, have never been anywhere, and understand everything, have never given a moment's thought to anything, and comprehend everything. 'Blessed hands' is the name bestowed on these fortunate beings. The world envies, honours and respects them.

Tags: Blessed, Thought, Understand

To go to the synagogue with one's father on the Passover eve - is there in the world a greater pleasure than that? What is it worth to be dressed in new clothes from head to foot, and to show off before one's friends? Then the prayers themselves - the first Festival evening prayer and blessing.

Tags: Evening, Father, Friends