Page 70 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 37

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T h e following story deals
with a devou t man, a Hasid,
who was so poo r as to be over­
b o rn e by his poverty , may
Mercy deliver us, bu t who al­
ways sat at the holy toil o f the
T o rah , because he kep t his
distance from the cu r ren t af­
fairs o f the world; so he had
no commerce no r traffickings
no r dealings like o the r folks,
bu t found his entire delight in
God’s T o rah , both generally
revea led an d th a t which is
held secret, to wit, the lore o f
Kabbala. He served the Name
in awe and fear and love and
never th o u g h t o f acqu iring
hono r th rough study o r being
esteemed a scholar by himself
or others; no r yet o f his own
advantage in assuring himself
a p o r t io n o f the W o rld to
Come. He studied to fashion a
seat fo r the Divine Presence,
and to no o th e r end what­
T he first th ing to note is something which does no t appear in
the translation at all. I t is found at the end o f the book, namely, a
glossary o f what Lask reg a rded as essential term inology fo r a
fundam en ta l unde rs tand ing o f Agnon’s
Bridal Canopy.
A su rp ris­
ing num be r o f the term s are found in
Webster's International Dictio­
Second Edition. I f we assume the book was aimed at an
average intelligent reade r o f English, why may we no t also assume
tha t an unab ridged dictionary was also available to him? A pp rox ­
imately fifty percent o f the term s m ight have been eliminated
since they could have been easily located in the dictionary. O ther
more abstruse ones not in
should have been included.
Such words appearing in this passage, as “Hasid ,” “Divine Pres­
ence,” “Schechina” and “Kabbala” would have been accessible or
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