Mordecai

Mordecai

The Life and Times

eBook - 2010
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Of course Rabbi Rosenberg would perform the bris. Who better to welcome the newborn son of Moses and Lily Richler into the covenant? Yudel Rosenberg wasn't only the family patriarch, who happened to be both a rabbi and a mohel, qualified to do circumcisions; he was the rebbe, as much guru as leader of Montreal's Hasidic community. They called him the Skaryszewer Illuy, the Genius of Skaryszew. He was a Ba'al Shem, a Master of the Holy Name. Scholar and author, teacher and mystic, Rabbi Rosenberg couldn't walk down a street in the neighbourhood without people seeking a blessing for their child or a word of comfort for themselves. He couldn't enter a synagogue without all present standing up out of respect. Nor could the seventy-year-old walk those streets wearing his long beard and fur hat, black coat and white stockings, without also being called a maudit Juif, a damn Jew--or muzhi Zhwiff, to his Yiddish-tuned ears--usually from a passing vehicle. Now semi-retired, the rabbi had suffered a stroke a year before. The illness hadn't diminished his intellect at all or his stamina by much, but it had left him with muscle tremors.
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, 2010.
ISBN: 9780307376022
0307376028
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive

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debwalker Jan 04, 2011

Chosen by Jack Rabinovitch as his book of the Year: "This complete biography, 700-plus pages, gives the reader an amazing insight into the streets and schools that shaped Mordecai Richler the writer, as well as the love story between a moody Mordecai and lovely Florence.

"However th... Read More »


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debwalker Jan 04, 2011

Chosen by Jack Rabinovitch as his book of the Year: "This complete biography, 700-plus pages, gives the reader an amazing insight into the streets and schools that shaped Mordecai Richler the writer, as well as the love story between a moody Mordecai and lovely Florence.

"However the real story, so capably captured by Foran, was Mordecai’s work ethic. He wanted to be a writer, he wanted to earn a living as a writer and he wanted to write one great book. “Inspiration is for amateurs,” he once told me, “You need zitsfleish and hard work to make it.”

"As regards one great book, only time will tell. Adam Gopnik, in a recent New Yorker, put it well: “When a writer is alive he is judged by his batting average; once he is gone it is only the homers that count.” I believe that Mordecai, a true baseball fan, would agree."

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