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"For the uneducated Jews, the Rabbi would often create a group to study the Book of Psalms. On Saturday afternoons in the summers, they studied the 'sayings of our fathers.' All these studies, these spiritual activities, helped overcome the misery of everyday life, and enabled them to survive the various decrees, and the gruesome persecutions they had to suffer from the Czarist regime and the Landlords."