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Author's Introduction

One day, when I was in the company of some friends and acquaintances, they expressed the hope that I might write the history of our trials and triumphs. “For”, they urged from all sides, “who else is there gifted with such a vivid recollection of the events of that story? Who else is there to give expression on paper to what had actually occurred in life?

“Having lived through three worlds, as it were: the World fully established, the same utterly destroyed, and the World renewed; and, moreover, having been the chief agent in bringing about our deliverance from the ban on our religion, you, Abraham, the son of Rabbi Mordecai, are pre-eminently able to record our vicissitudes for future generations. And seeing that old men, living witnesses of those events, have only a faint recollection of them, how can the story be expected to reach the ears of our children otherwise than as a vague legend, mutilated by time, unless it be put on record?”

So I wrote down the history in easy language to be understood by all. I called it M’gilath S’darim, meaning The Narrative Arranged, for it is written according to the order of the events, and divided into paragraphs. And if you substitute the letter “t” for “d” in “Sdarim”, as is allowable in the Hebrew tongue, and read M’gilath S’tarim, it means The Narrative of the Destruction.

I also append, at the end of this M’gilath, some verse composed by me, recounting the events in a concise form in fifty lines. And the Úsov Community declared and affirmed their resolve to chant these verses in their two Houses of Worship once a year on the festival of Sh’mini A’zereth. For on that day we received the glad tidings, the Royal Decree, giving us permission to exercise our faith and to build the Houses of Worship.

And may we also rejoice at the coming of the Deliverer

To Zion, speedily, even in our days


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