by Miriam Felton-Dansky

She’s a Shadow in Her Own Biography

No one alive has ever seen Hannah Rochel Verber macher. She left no writing behind, and historians aren’t even sure where she is buried. Writing her biography should be a nearly impossible task, But not for Nathaniel Deutsch, whose new book. The Maiden of Luclmir: A Jewish Holy Woman and Her World (University of California Press, $34.95) chronicles her rise to legendary status as the only female rebbe in Hasidic history.

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