Ephraim Urbach, 1912-1991

Urbach was a religion scholar and rabbi whose seminal work, “The Sages,” focused on the evolution of Jewish religious and social thought. A native of Poland, Urbach studied in Rome and Breslau before immigrating to Palestine in 1937. He was a Talmud professor at the Hebrew University and translated ancient Hebrew into modern Hebrew. He finished second in the 1973 presidential election.

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