Abraham Cahan (July 07, 1860 - August 31, 1951)
Born: 7th July, 1860
Died: 31st August, 1951
Nationality: Lithuanian
Profession/Occupation: Author
Region: Vilnius, Lithuania, New York City, New York

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Abraham Cahan, (born July 7, 1860, Vilna, Russian Empire [now Vilnius, Lithuania]--died Aug. 31, 1951, New York, N.Y., U.S.), journalist, reformer, and novelist who for more than 40 years served as editor of the New York Yiddish-language daily newspaper the Jewish Daily Forward (Yiddish title Forverts), which helped newly arrived Jewish immigrants adapt to American culture.

Himself an immigrant, Cahan arrived in the United States in 1882. While working in a cigar factory, he learned enough English in six years to lecture and write. In 1897 he helped found the Jewish Daily Forward, and in 1902 he became the paper's editor. He prompted the paper to become more outspoken politically, and the publication came to be regarded as one of the most important institutions upholding the interests of immigrants at the turn of the century. Intensely political and bitterly anticommunist, Cahan was also active in organizing trade unions, particularly in the garment industries.

Cahan's fiction is largely unremarkable except for The Rise of David Levinsky (1917), one of the first books about the Jewish immigrant's experience. Set on the Lower East Side of New York City, the novel traces the fortunes of a penniless immigrant who eventually becomes a wealthy manufacturer. Critics agree that the value of the book is historical rather than literary; its strength lies chiefly in its vivid re-creation of life in a section of New York City. Cahan was more influential as a mentor than as an author, encouraging young writers such as Sholem Asch. As editor of Jewish Daily Forward, he also provided for them a Yiddish-language forum.

Top 16 Abraham Cahan quotes

I was a great dreamer of day dreams.
Day
Dreamer
Dreams
Great
If it be true that our people represent a high percentage of mental vigor, the distinction is probably due, in some measure, to the extremely important part which Talmud studies have played in the spiritual life of the race.
Be true
Distinction
Due
Extremely
High
High percentage
Important
Important part
Life
Measure
Mental
Our
Our people
Part
Above all, you must fight conceit, envy, and every kind of ill-feeling in your heart.
Above
Conceit
Envy
Every
Fight
Heart
Kind
Must
You
Your
The dearest days in one's life are those that seem very far and very near at once.
Days
Dearest
Far
Life
Near
Once
Seem
Those
Very
Remember that it is not enough to abstain from lying by word of mouth; for the worst lies are often conveyed by a false look, smile, or act.
Abstain
Act
Conveyed
Enough
False
Lies
Look
Lying
Mouth
Often
Remember
Smile
Word
Word-of-mouth
Be modest, humble, simple. Control your anger.
Anger
Control
Humble
Modest
Simple
Your
What is this world? A mere curl of smoke for the wind to scatter.
Curl
Mere
Scatter
Smoke
Wind
World
Only the other world has substance and reality; only good deeds and holy learning have tangible worth.
Deeds
Good
Good deeds
Holy
Learning
Only
Other
Reality
Substance
Tangible
World
Worth
If you feel that you are good, don't be too proud of it.
Feel
Good
Proud
Too
You
The orthodox Jewish faith practically excludes woman from religious life.
Faith
Jewish
Life
Orthodox
Practically
Religious
Religious life
Woman
If a man is tongue-tied, don't laugh at him, but, rather, feel pity for him, as you would for a man with broken legs.
Broken
Feel
Him
Laugh
Legs
Man
Pity
Rather
Would
You
If you study the Talmud you please God even more than you do by praying or fasting.
Even
Fasting
God
More
Please
Praying
Study
Than
You
What is wealth? A dream of fools.
Dream
Fools
Wealth
You must never tire fighting Satan.
Fighting
Must
Never
Satan
Tire
You
Life is much shorter than I imagined it to be.
Imagined
Life
Much
Than
God, for example, appealed to me as a beardless man wearing a quilted silk cap; holiness was something burning, forbidding, something connected with fire while a day had the form of an oblong box.
Appealed
Box
Burning
Cap
Connected
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Example
Fire
For example
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God
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