Originally published at 10:58 pm CDT 6-1-2013
His name was Rabbi Israel Landau. He was a hasid of the 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe Sholom Dov Ber Schneersohn, known as the Rashab. He was the Rashab's point man in St. Petersberg and an admirer of the famous Zionist poet Haim Nahum Bialik.
And he was two other things: an apostate who served as the Tzar's chief censor of Jewish texts and newspapers.