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Chaim Grade (April 4, 1910, in Vilna, Russian Empire [now Vilnius, Lithuania] — April 26, 1982, Los Angeles, California, Buried in Riverside Cemetery Saddle Brook, NJ [1]) was one of the leading Yiddish writers of the twentieth century.

Chaim Grade, the son of Shlomo Mordecai Grade, a Hebrew teacher and maskil (advocate of the European Enlightenment), received a secular as well as Jewish religious education. He learned for several years with Rabbi Avrohom Yeshaya Karelitz, the Chazon Ish (1878—1953), one of observant Judaism's great Torah scholars. In 1932, Grade began publishing stories and poems in Yiddish, and in the early 1930s was among the founding members of the "Young Vilna" experimental group of artists and writers. He developed a reputation as one of the city's most articulate literary interpreters.

Towards the German invasion of Vilnius in World War II, Grade fled eastward and sought refuge in the Soviet Union. When the war ended, he lived briefly in Poland and France before relocating to the United States in 1948.

Grade's postwar poetry is primarily concerned with Jewish survival in the wake of the Holocaust, among whose victims were his wife Frumme-Liebe Grade, the daughter of the Rabbi of Glebokie, and his mother Vella Grade Rosenthal, daughter of Rabbi Rafael Blumenthal.

Grade's most highly acclaimed novels, The Agunah (1961, tr. 1974) and The Yeshiva (2 vol., 1967—68, tr. 1976-77), deal with the philosophical and ethical dilemmas of Jewish life in prewar Lithuania, particularly dwelling on the Novardok Mussar movement. These two works were translated from the original Yiddish into English by Curt Leviant. Grade's short story, "My Quarrel with Hersh Rasseyner," describes the chance meeting of a Holocaust survivor with an old friend from the mussar Yeshiva. The narrator has lost his faith, while the friend has continued to lead a pious and devoted religious life. The former friends debate the place of religion in the postmodern world. The story has been made into a film, The Quarrel and a play.

Grade's second wife Inna (ne Hecker) died in New York on May 2, 2010. She had translated a number of his books into English.

While less famous than Isaac Bashevis Singer or Sholem Aleichem, Chaim Grade is considered among the foremost stylists in Yiddish. His work is now hard to find in English.

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My Mother's Sabbath Days A Memoir  A Memoir
The Sacred and the Profane Three Novellas
1997 - The Sacred and the Profane Three Novellas (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781568219639
ISBN-10: 1568219636
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
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My Mother's Sabbath Day
1987 - My Mother's Sabbath Day (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780805208399
ISBN-10: 0805208399
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality
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RABBIS AND WIVES
1987 - Rabbis and Wives (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780805208405
ISBN-10: 0805208402
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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MY MOTHERS SABBATH DAYS
1986 - My Mothers Sabbath Days (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780394509808
ISBN-10: 0394509803
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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Rabbis and Wives
1983 - Rabbis and Wives (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780394716473
ISBN-10: 0394716477
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RABBIS AND WIVES
1982 - Rabbis and Wives (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780394509792
ISBN-10: 039450979X
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Agunah
Agunah (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780672519543
ISBN-10: 0672519542
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The Yeshiva
The Yeshiva (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780672522642
ISBN-10: 0672522640
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Yeshiva Volume II Masters and Disciples
The Yeshiva Volume II Masters and Disciples (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780672523441
ISBN-10: 0672523442
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Agunah
Agunah (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780932232007
ISBN-10: 0932232000
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Yeshiva Volumes I and II
Yeshiva Volumes I and II (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780932232052
ISBN-10: 0932232051
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality
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