Character Study – Fruma Ya’el

Published March 27, 2015 by rochellewisoff


The most dramatic operation she [Fruma Ya’el] had done in twenty years was to extract a well-deserved bullet from Pinkas Rabinovich’s backside after a tavern brawl. Never did she imagine she would be called upon to perform such grisly surgery as she had on a poor orphan. She wiped the amputation blade with her rag and laid it in the mahogany case between a pair of scissors and a scalpel. What else could she have done? Sometimes life left one no choices.  

Taken from PLEASE SAY KADDISH FOR ME by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields         

  • Framed Fruma Ya'el

    Original Artwork © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Although Havah’s introduction to Fruma Ya’el is a painful one, she will become one of the most important people in the girl’s life.

            Fruma Ya’el Levine, the cantor’s wife, is a one of Svechka’s most beloved citizens for she is the village midwife. She is proud of the fact that she’s seen most of the babies’ faces before their own mothers. Her great love of children has earned her the title of Auntie Fruma.

            In her youth she had the opportunity to immigrate to America to study medicine, but tragic circumstances barred the way. Trapped in an arranged and empty marriage, she pours her love into her only living child, Gittel.

            Fruma Ya’el sees in Havah the passionately intelligent girl she used to be. Little by little an ironclad bond forms between them.


Published by W&B Publishers

Represented by Loiacono Literary Agency


As a child growing up in a Jewish family, it never occurred to me that not everyone had a Hebrew name. My friend Lori Ginson was proud of her Yiddish/Hebrew name “Fruma Ya’el,” meaning Pious Strength of God. However Lori was a troubled soul and died much too young. I think she would be pleased that I gave her name to one of the strongest characters in my novels. 

Lori Ginson

 Lori “Fruma Ya’el” Ginson


15 comments on “Character Study – Fruma Ya’el

    • Dear Chris,

      I love it that you’ve come by to comment. I’m pretty sure Lori would be ecstatic. She was quite childlike and loving. I can imagine her giggle and the big hug I’d get from her.




    • Dear Suzanne,

      After nine years, these are real people who seem to have written their own stories. I really do hear voices and I write what they tell me. 😉

      Thank you for taking the time to read, comment and love these people as much as I.




    • Dear Tracey,

      Fruma Ya’el is among my favorite characters. Over nine years she’s divulged quite a few of her secrets to me. 😉

      Thank you for coming by with your kind words. I hope you’re feeling better.



      Liked by 1 person

  • Who would not want a Fruma Ya’el in their life? Such a wonderful woman (and I am so happy you gave her happiness in the end, too!)


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