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mainly the Hassidic stories and folk tales—reveal to us “a new
heaven and a new earth.” Peretz, like Mendele and Sholem
Aleichem, disclosed to us a way of life and a sum of values;
they delineated portraits of people who embodied them in their
doings and aspirations. Mendele assured Dubnow during a con­
versation that the coming generations would find Dubnow’s
works indispensable for a lucid comprehension of their common
era. Then, as if it were an after-thought, he added they would
have to peruse his (Mendele’s) works too for the unfolding of
Jewish existence as an actual process, as an on-going experience
from day to day, and—one is inclined to suggest—from dream to
dream. This was equally true of Peretz and Sholem Aleichem,
as it is of the whole of Yiddish literature.