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.

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

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