The miracle of its survival
was predicted - guaranteed.
The written history of the House of Avraham has been born out by the pick and shovel of 20th century archeology. To doubt its validity in the face of all the evidence is foolishness. But maybe I'm mistaken for perhaps the family of fools is even older than the House of Avraham.
Like every family, the House of Avraham is a mixed lot. There have always been a few who saw little value in the birthright - tried denying it - -gave it up - but seldom with success or to their own benefit. Others faced agony, torture, death - rather than give it up. Those who survived hopefully found their reward; those who perished - who knows what prize awaited them for their sufferings. Such are the things faith is made of.
It was predicted. It has come to pass.
If you were a Jew, you needed no last name... we were all one big family ... and we all had the same tsuris, excuse me, I mean troubles...
The story of
a life no more
Shtetl is the story only about what life was like in my shtetl, a small Jewish village in Eastern Europe. At one time, there were many shtetls in Eastern Europe, but they and the lives led in them are no more.
And I am the last remembered patriarch of the family in this story.
I began my physical life on earth in the year 1820. The shtetl ... the little village, in Poland, where I lived my entire life, came into existence, maybe three centuries earlier. In all that time, little changed for either of us, except maybe the misery got worse. We both, the shtetl, and I, ended our time on earth together.
So you might ask how it is, if I am no more that my story will get told?
Well, when you are here ... here in what you call the "hereafter" or "the afterlife"... but God forbid, it shouldn't happen to you 'till you're a hundred and twenty ... you'll understand it all...
An historic fiction novel about Columbus
& the faith he had to hide!
The Spanish Inquisition, Christians burned at the stake, Moslems and Jews expelled from Spain and the Columbus expedition... This historical novel takes you into the lives of everyday Christians, Moslems, Jews and Secret Jews of ancient Spain and what they had to endure during that horrific time in history. The details of the epic voyage were researched meticulously using Columbus' personal journal. Othniel Seiden takes you on the voyage itself, beyond the discoveries through the fears, victories and superstitions of the adventurers of that era into the humanity of all souls encountered on the journey.
"I can't kill Nazis if I'm dead-" Solomon Shalensky
After researching the transcripts of the Nuremburg Trials and interviewing 'The Remnant' or Jewish survivors of the holocaust, many still living in Israel; Othniel Seiden was compelled to write their startling and remarkable stories of World War II. In this stunning and compelling historical novel about the Jews who were able to remain free and fight, Seiden documents their survival, their suffering, their missions and their guerrilla warfare tactics against the Nazi occupation forces. Also, well documented, the tragedy of Kiev and now infamous ravine of Babi Yar where it is thought that nearly a million people, Jews and non-Jews alike were massacred. These brave few escaped the certain death of their co-religionists by acts of bravery and sheer determination to live. The myth that the Jewish people "went to their deaths like sheep to slaughter-" is put to rest forever in the stories of "The Remnant."
"The Golden Age of Muslim and Jewish partnership
The twelfth century was a wonderful time of cooperation between Muslims and Jews, which led to amazing advances in math, science, astronomy, and world commerce.
Then came the Crusades and started the bloody plunge into the dark ages.
This historical novel tells of the Golden Age of Muslim and Jewish partnership that benefited all from Europe to China and into Africa. In their religious zeal the crusades brought an end to further achievements for the several centuries of the dark ages.