A Beautiful Mind: The Mysterious Jewish Genius Whose Riddle Saved Him

A filmmaker tries to unravel Chouchan, an indigent wanderer and scholar of Torah, whose full name and biography remain a mystery 45 years after his death.

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Sixty-one years ago, on October 16, 1952, a somewhat peculiar article appeared in the daily Maariv under the heading “Faces on the ship.” The reporter, David Giladi, Yair Lapid’s maternal grandfather,...