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ASIMOV, Moses Jacob

ASIMOV, Moses Jacob[1, 2]

Male Abt 1832 - Abt 1905  (~ 73 years)

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  • Name ASIMOV, Moses Jacob 
    Born Abt 1832  Petrovichi, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1905  Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Russia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Moishe was a scholar and a cantor during the High Holy days in Petrovichi.
      Judah (Jack) Asimov, 1896-1969, remembers his great-great uncle as very old and half blind, yet still wanting to sing--and not believing that anyone could sing better than he in the old shul. He was retired on a 10-ruble a year pension.
      From "In Memory Yet Green," the first autobiography of Isaac Asimov: "As for Abraham Ber's younger brother, Moses Jacob Asimov, he, too, lived into my father's lifetime. In fact, he outlived his older brother, and my father remembers him when 'he was very old and half blind.' He, too, was a scholar, of course, and for many years he was a cantor at the town synagogue.
      "'When I remember him," said my father, "he was already on a pension of 10 rubles a year, but if they allowed him, he would still perform as a cantor. He couldn't believe that anyone could perform better than he could.'"
      "In fact [writes Isaac] it must be that my father told me about this great-granduncle of his, for I distinctly remember him telling me, when I was young, of a very old blind man who had once been a cantor and who continued to insist on singinn appropriate occasions even though his voice had altogether decayed. He would sing in his quavering, cracked voice, and out of respect for his age, no one would stop him, even though the sound was horrible enough to scrape the wallpaper off the walls.
      "One time, though, Gentiles were present, and the embarrassment then became too keen. Someone approached the old man and said, 'Moses Jacob, please stop. There are Gentiles present, and it is not fitting.'
      "Whereupon Moses Jacob turned his old blind eyes this way and that and said, 'Gentiles? Gentiles? I see no Gentiles,' and kept on singing."

      Writes Isaac: "What really gives me pause about this story...is that I fully intend to continue writing as long as I live, and I wonder if I, like my great-great-granduncle, Moses Jacob, will continue to do so long after senility has deprived me of any writing ability, under the delusion that I can still do it. I have visions of my editors drawing straws to see who gets to tell me that I'm embarrassing the Gentiles.
      "Well, what the heck! Great-great-granduncle didn't listen, and I won't, either."
    Person ID I14  Hugh Byrne and Nanette Asimov Lines
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2019 

    Father ASIMOV, Judah,   b. 1802, Petrovichi, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Russia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother MENDELEVA, Rochlya,   b. 1802, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Russia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1820  Russia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family MICHELEVA, Ita,   b. 1830, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1850  Russia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. ASIMOV, Chaya,   b. Abt 1855, Petrovichi, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. ASIMOV, Daughter,   b. Abt 1856, Petrovichi, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F18  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1832 - Petrovichi, Russia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1850 - Russia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Abt 1905 - Russia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Russia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S143] Yuri Dorn, Russian researcher, via genealogist Gary Palgon (familytreeexpert.com), Yuri Dorn ([email protected]).

    2. [S166] Isaac Asimov in "In Memory Yet Green" (1979), Isaac's father, Judah "Jack" Asimov.




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