Daniel Dehpour was not a scholar, not a lettered man,

but he loved studying the Torah and seeking after knowledge.

Although he had been successful in business he regretted that

he had not become a rabbi or a learned scholar.

While he could easily make out a page of Gamara

when he wrote in Hebrew, it was riddled with errors.

Daniel Dehpour had one aptitude — for trade, for making money.

He had become a partner in a walnut importing firm.

He easily obtained credit, established connections and made lucrative contracts.

With his fortune he bought many books, holy and secular.


Paraphrases from the novel Shadows on the Hudson by Isaac Bashevis Singer.