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Seattle to Hebron

ByRIVKAH LAMBERT ADLER
April 20, 2017 19:50

Insights from the book 'To Rise Above: A Journey to Greatness Against All Odds.'

The Knesses Yisrael Yeshiva

The Knesses Yisrael Yeshiva in Hebron in 1911. (photo credit:WIKIMEDIA)

Dov Cohen was a wholly American boy whose European mother was so desperate to keep him connected to a life of Torah that she brought him to pre-state Palestine in 1925 and left him there alone. His job was to imbibe the holiness available in Hebron and to grow into a Torah scholar.

On one level, To Rise Above: A Journey to Greatness Against All Odds is a documentary history of the yeshiva world of the 1920s, written by Cohen and his family.

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