Religion: For a Messiah

Through the squalid streets of Zlatshev, a small Polish town near Lemberg. hurried excited Jews one day last month. They had heard—as had many a Jew throughout Galicia—of a wonderful thing that was happening at their synagog. Other Poles might call the Galician Jews vulgar and ignorant. But they had a saint, pious Pinchas Bloch. He was even now crouching on the synagog steps. Chanting psalms, clutching his long beard, he was praying God to send the Jewish people a Messiah. Until then, Pinchas Bloch would eat no food, move not from the synagog....

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