These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Tsiva is one, being tormented because he couldn’t bring his sick parents with him to Israel (though it wasn’t his fault, the Israeli bureaucracy wouldn’t let them on the ship), his sons became delinquents, his daughter Miriam Helen ran off somewhere, and the beautiful chalice he’d inherited is nowhere to be found after he pawned it.
Miriam Helen herself definitely counts. The poor girl ran off with a charming man, who happened to be Woldarski...
The Witch, though she’s somewhat of a Jerkass Woobie, being wooed by Siman-Tov solely for her money.
Alterman himself, an alcoholic who’s openly mocked by his own characters.
Yandere: The Witch admits in her final speech that was willing to manipulate the whole town, made Woldarski draw a knife to destroy Miriam Helen’s face, and had various terrible diseases and other horrors at bay to set upon the city which may or may not actually strike, all to ultimately get Siman-Tov.