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Georg Mordechai Langer
Georg (Jiří) Mordechai Langer was a Hebrew poet, scholar, folklorist, journalist, and teacher. Born in 1894 to an assimilated Prague Jewish family, he converted to Hasidism in his teens, lived five years in the Hasidic court of the Belz Rabbi, and remained unconventionally religious for the rest of his short life. His writings include Devĕt bran (Nine Gates) – a compilation of Hasidic tales; Die Erotik der Kabbala – a psychoanalytic study of Hasidic Judaism; and two small collections of poetry, including the homo-romantic Piyyutim ve-Shirei Yedidot, here translated as Poems and Songs of Love, containing an elegy to his friend Franz Kafka. Langer escaped Prague in 1939 and made his way to Tel Aviv where he died of the nephritis in 1943.

Books by Georg Mordechai Langer

A Hunger Artist and Other Stories; Poems and Songs of Love