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Through slow and difficult years of impassioned creative effort, the author has summed up, distilled, symbolized the incomparable tragedy of Jewish people into an essentially poetic form that is clear with a great intellectual clarity, as well as majestic with the grandeur of the theme he treats.

contain something very good. Lend a hand and we will carry the box to my house.  In my tool room I have a crowbar which is very apt for opening such boxes, said the youngest of the publicans.  Let us hasten to carry the box to my house.  Above all we must make haste, said the oldest pub-lican.  Let us carry the box to my house. It is true that it is very firmly and tightly nailed down, but surely three pub-licans cannot fail to open it. Suspicious of each other after the manner of publi-cans, the three men contended calmly but stubbornly for a while concerning into whose house their find was to be brought, until in fear of the invading troops which were approaching and here and there becoming visible, they carried the box to the house of the youngest among them, since this house was indisputably the nearest at hand. The youngest of the three publicans, encouraged by this decision and eager for his own advantage, quickly fetched a wheelbarrow and bent over the box in order to lift it upon the barrow. On the instant he jerked back, as though the box had smitten him upon the chest, and cried out in anger:  You said that an agreeable odor comes from this box? I find it abominable. Who knows what is in it! The other two publicans regarded him with aston-ishment; they exchanged suspicious glances; thereafter they bent down over the box and sniffed at it after a man-ner common to dogs and publicans. They raised their faces, refreshed and rejuvenated by the fragrance they had in-haled, toward the heavens, as though they were calling upon a higher witness against the incomprehensible folly of their insensitive comrade. Finally with skilled and care-ful hands they lifted the box and bedded it, with the ten-derness due to something precious, upon the framework of the barrow.  When I was but a lad, said the eldest of the publi-cans,  scarcely out of school, I worked for quite a while in the pharmacy of a Jew named Monies. The apothecary was a good man and a well- tempered one. He took his calling   C h a p t e r   Home For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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Front MatterTitle Page: THE THIRD PILLARCopyright PageGlossaryTHE FIRST CHAPTER It came to pass in that part of the world in which no religion worthy of that name has ever arisenTHE SECOND CHAPTER The old synagogue stood in the Jewish quarterTHE THIRD CHAPTER The three men arose slowly, one after the other, as though each was sorry to have interrupted theirTHE FOURTH CHAPTER You can see, sir, that I told the truth, the youngest of the publicansT HE FIFTH CHAPTER The two priests regarded each other with a long questioning glanceTHE SIXTH CHAPTER Was it known to you, Chaplain, that a publican kept Jews hidden here? the older priest askedTHE SEVENTH CHAPTER I perceive that you need unmistakable signs. Mere hints do not suffice you.THE EIGHTH CHAPTER Now the narrating judge raised his voice and spoke. It came to pass four years before that year in whiTHE NINTH CHAPTER Though the scribe had not spoken of the beggar and his warning to his wife,THE TENTH CHAPTER In our town there was yet another set of twins. These were girls,THE ELEVENTH CHAPTER Next day on their way to schoolTHE TWELFTH CHAPTER This evening was the last evening on which the children of the Torah scribeTHE THIRTEENTH CHAPTER During that night we heard the tumult of battle.THE FOURTEENTH CHAPTER On the eve of Yom Kippur new troops penetrated our city.THE FIFTEENTH CHAPTER The three shots which laid low our Rav were the signal shots of coldly planned murder.THE SIXTEENTH CHAPTER The remnants of hundreds of candles flickered in the sand boxes.THE SEVENTEENTH CHAPTER And these two stories blended into a single legend.THE EIGHTEENTH CHAPTER The searching out of evil is the duty of the nar-rating judge.THE NINETEENTH CHAPTER The bandaged man arose from the steps.THE TWENTIETH CHAPTER Hereupon the Ab Beth-Din spoke once more: The wisdom of this court, which you have so extravagantlTHE TWENTY-FIRST CHAPTER Suddenly, as though a monitory hand had touched his shoulder, he turned sideways.THE TWENTY-SECOND CHAPTER Athhalta di-Geulah said Nehemiah, repeating the words of the Messenger softly,THE TWENTY-THIRD CHAPTER In the meantime another group of Red soldiers had appeared at the entrance of the old synagogue.THE TWENTY-FOURTH CHAPTER At this point the Red Commissar explained to the judges as well as to the priests that
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