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Steinberg, Miltonlocked

(26 November 1903–20 March 1950)
  • Alan L. Berger

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Steinberg, Milton (26 November 1903–20 March 1950), rabbi and author, was born in Rochester, New York, the son of Samuel Steinberg, a peddler, and Fannie Sternberg. His Lithuanian-born father was religiously knowledgeable but, like many immigrants caught in the web of grinding poverty and social exclusion, had embraced both atheism and socialism. The young Steinberg excelled at school, winning numerous academic awards. When he was fifteen the family moved to New York City, where Milton continued his academic virtuosity and his study of Greek and Latin. A powerful speaker and logical thinker even as a youth, his views were constantly sought. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the City College of New York in 1924....

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