The doctor who traded healthcare for books
As Israel's National Library prepares to celebrate its 120th anniversary, the spotlight is on Dr. Yosef Hazanovitch, who devoted his life to its creation and died penniless.
When Dr.Yosef Hazanovitch was summoned to treat penniless patients, he would always take a look at their bookshelves. His eyes would scan the shelves for Hebrew books he could take in lieu of payment. The books he collected from his patients were not for his own use; he sent them from his home in Bialystok (now in Poland) directly to Jerusalem for the project that he had established and...
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