The Vale of Tears

The Vale of Tears

14.95

By Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung

“My tears, like the words of the prayer, fell like fresh dew: pure, delicate, unadulterated, honest words, and pure, delicate, unadulterated, honest tears.”

An epic journey across borders, The Vale of Tears chronicles close to two years in the life of Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung as he seeks an escape route from Nazi-occupied Europe. In this rare, near day-by-day account, Rabbi Hirschprung illuminates what life was like for an Orthodox rabbi fleeing persecution, finding inspiration and hope in Jewish scripture and psalms as he navigates the darkness of wartime to a safe harbour in Kobe, Japan.

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About the Author

Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung was born in Dukla, Poland, in 1912. In 1941, he managed to escape Europe for Japan, immigrating to Montreal nine months later. A world-renowned Torah and Talmudic scholar, Rabbi Hirschprung became the chief rabbi of Montreal in 1969 and led its Jewish community until his death in 1998. Rabbi Hirschprung's Yiddish-language memoir was published in 1944 and translated into Hebrew in 1948; The Vale of Tears is its first English translation.

Product Information

  • Release: October 30, 2016
  • $14.95 Paperback
  • 328 Pages
  • 6 x 9
  • ISBN: 9781988065106

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Praise for The Vale of Tears

"From the picturesque and pastoral shtetl of Dukla in Galicia to the cosmopolitan yet tranquil city of Montreal, we follow a physical, spiritual and emotional journey. A rich thread in the tapestry of Jewish history that shows the strength and tenacity of the Jewish people, Rabbi Hirschprung’s memoir offers an inspiring record of how Jews in small-town Poland did their best to circumvent both the harsh edicts from the Nazis, yimach shemam, and the spiritual threats of the Soviets while still maintaining their faith and ritual." - The Jewish Press

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