An Entry from “Between Two Worlds” from 100 Years Ago

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And so, as all the days of my life pass before me, my heart is torn asunder, for I see myself  as a man exploited by every side for their own interests against his own interests —  and the interests of the One who created him and breathed into his nostrils the very breath of life.

A unique literary document, the mystical journal of Hillel Zeitlin, “Between Two Worlds”, records the author’s inner experience in the momentous early months of 1917. Published in 1919 in the 4th issue of the literary journal HaTekufa, it was panned by the secularly-oriented literary establishment, who regarded Zeitlin’s visions and observations as nonsense. The journal is an eclectic hodgepodge of personal reflections upon the difficulties of living up to the religious admonitions set in the first entry, attempts to predict the end of World War I, speculation about the implications of the ongoing Russian Revolution (Zeitlin had strong feelings about the religious abilities of Rasputin) — all interspersed with accounts of Zeitlin’s fantastic dreams of flight and mystical experience. Continue reading “An Entry from “Between Two Worlds” from 100 Years Ago”