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Pale Fire

The lost world of Jews in the Russian empire.

Nov 21, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 10 • By DAVID WOLPE
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“They are dead,” said Rabbi Bunim. 

“What can you possibly mean?” asked his students, as the other group milled and spoke.

“They stopped asking questions, and one who stops asking is dead,” replied
Rabbi Bunim.

He and his disciples walked on a bit, but one of them was visibly troubled, and finally spoke: “Rabbi, how do I know that I’m not dead?”

Rabbi Bunim answered, “Because you asked.”

An-sky’s questions have been retrieved. From the wreckage of a world wiped away, through questions, he lives—and gives others life.

David Wolpe, rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, is the author, most recently, of Why Faith Matters.

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