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vidual’s soul groupings, his tribulations, depressions and elations,
dreams and yearnings. At the same time, he conveys the deep sense
of being rooted in family and community, so characteristic of the
Sephardic Jew. Past and present are interwoven in his tales; he
identifies sympathetically with the vanquished and downtrodden,
whether they be victims of their own making or of inexorable
fate. In the last resort he believed in the redemption of the indk
vidual soul through heroic and purposeful existence, even as he
believed in the redemption of the Jewish nation through the col-
lective will of its sons.