"For Jewish boys of my
generation, taking the right road meant going straight from cheder to the
Little boys and young men
would spend their afternoons and evenings studying the Torah and its
commentaries. Nothing would give greater joy to parents than to see
their son eager to discuss in greater depth with his father or an
older brother what he had learned the very same day in school.
Everyone had a feeling of being enriched by this constant and
Nachme Bromberg, although he
was an excellent Talmudist, rejected strict orthodoxy. To wear
austere Chassidic garb, never to talk to young women, or wait until
his parents presented him with a fiancée of their choice, without
consulting him first, were all unbearable to him. He could not help
feeling that way. No, he was attracted instead by everything that
represented a new way of experiencing the world - newspapers, modern
books, music. Soon he became active in the Zionist movement. This
evolution did not please his father, Reb David, who believed that
his beloved son had gone astray. Little by little, their
relationship grew increasingly venomous.
The fact that Nachme shaved
his beard and refused to attend synagogue regularly was a source of
despair to Reb David, who after a while, refused to welcome the
errant son to the family table.