The Chabadnik Who Became Czarist Russia's Chief Censor for Jewish Writings

When the pogroms started in czarist Russia, the man in charge of overseeing Jewish writings was an apostate rabbi. The contradictions hit an apogee when Haim Nahman Bialik tried to publish an iconic poem.

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Rebbe Israel Landau was out of a job when czarist Russia decreed that Jews could not operate liquor distilleries. Up until that time, he had earned his living at a distillery and, although the other workers...