Thursday, July 31, 2014

Book Beginning: "Therefore, Choose Life. . ."


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Among the philosophical reflections of the Pirkei Avot is the observation that there are three times and we are compelled to act against our will: . . . "Despite your self you were born, despite yourself you live, and despite yourself you die . . ."

From the Author's Preface to "Therefore, Choose Life. . ." by Moisey Wolf, edited and translated by Judson Rosengrant, published by OSU Press with the support of the Oregon Jewish Museum.

"Therefore, Choose Life. . ." is the autobiography of Dr. Moisey Wolf, who escaped the Holocaust, served in the Soviet Army during World War II, had a distinguished career as a psychiatrist in post-Stalinist Soviet Russia, and came to America in 1992. It is the story of a remarkable life lived in extraordinary times.

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