The (Shockingly Low) Literacy Rate of Jews in Eastern Europe

There were many more illiterate Jews in the Tsarist empire than we tend to think there were.

From The Feast of Sukkot by Shalom Koboshvili. Alamy.

From The Feast of Sukkot by Shalom Koboshvili. Alamy.

Observation
March 6 2019
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