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<i>As a Driven Leaf</i> As a Driven Leaf
Thursday, March 28, 2013 by Phil Cohen | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Milton Steinberg's As a Driven Leaf is no literary masterpiece.  But the novel, with its story of a notorious 2nd-century, C.E. heretic, has been in print for 75 years.  What accounts for the book's appeal to generations of modern Jews? 
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