The Book and the Sword: A Life of Learning in the Throes of the Holocaust

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The words of the Talmud were the universe for David Weiss Halivni during his childhood in Sighet, in the Carpathian Mountains. Before he was five he began his studies; by the time he was ten he had outgrown the town's teachers and started to learn at home with his scholarly, impoverished grandfather. Even before his ordination at the age of fifteen, in 1943, he was famous for his erudition. But when the Nazis crushed the Jewish community of the Carpathians in 1944, he closed his Talmud. Halivni taught in the concentration ...

The Book and the Sword: A Life of Learning in the Throes of the Holocaust 1996, Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780374115456

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