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The Middle Gate: A Hungarian Jewish Boyhood

Patai, Jozsef

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ISBN 10: 082760517X / ISBN 13: 9780827605176
Published by Jewish Pubn Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1994
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Title: The Middle Gate: A Hungarian Jewish Boyhood

Publisher: Jewish Pubn Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition

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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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Joseph Patai (1882-1953) was born to Hasidic parents in Hungary. He earned a Ph.D. from Budapest university, published a volume of Hebrew poems, and, in 1911, founded the Jewish literary, cultural, and social monthly Mult es Jovo ("Past and Future"), which became the most influential Jewish periodical in a Hungarian dialect. He remained editor until his emigration to Palestine in 1939, where he was regarded as the foremost Hungarian Jewish poet and Hungarian Zionist of his age. His son, Raphael Patai, who translated and wrote the introduction to this volume, was an internationally known anthrolopogist and Biblical scholar and is author of over fifty books.

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