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The Middle Gate: A Hungarian Jewish Boyhood
The Middle Gate: A Hungarian Jewish Boyhood
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Publisher: JPS
Author: Jozsef Patai
Format: Hardcover

Product Code: 14779

This charming account of a Jewish childhood in late 19th century Hungary has the quality of a folktale, interweaving realistic detail with talmudic lore. Joseph Patai recalls his life as a young Orthodox boy who has not yet learned to separate tall takes from fact and who uses his entrance into the Baba Metzi'a ("Middle Gate") tractate of the Talmud as a way to escape reality. The Middle Gate reveals the inner world of a Jewish child for whom Jewish texts were not merely curriculum but entry into an enchanting world of miracles and heros.

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