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Hillel Zeitlin


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Religious thinker and exponent of Jewish mysticism (1871–1942). Zeitlin belonged to a family of Habad Hasidim, acquiring in his youth a sound knowledge in all branches of traditional Jewish learning. He was selfeducated in European literature and thought and, attracted by these studies, he gave up to a large degree the practice of the Jewish religion. At a later period in his life, Zeitlin returned to his Jewish roots to become once again a strictly Orthodox Jew. Zeitlin contributed to Jewish journals essays in Hebrew and Yiddish on various themes. His writings on the Kabbalah and Hasidism, include a key to the Zohar and an annotated translation of the introduction to the Zohar. These were collected and published in two volumes in Tel Aviv (1965 and 1975). In 1943 Zeitlin died a martyr's death when, wearing his Tallit and tefillin, he was shot by the Nazis on the way to the concentration camp of Treblinka to which they were taking him.

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