Yosef Begun

An Outlaw In Autumn

Yosef Begun, the old prisoner of Zion, still defiant.
05/17/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Yosef Begun, 78, one of the great refusenik “outlaws” of the last century, walks with a gentle lope through the streets of big cities, as out of place as an old cowboy after the frontiers got civilized. Others his age might think of themselves in life’s twilight but his twilight was long ago, when he was in his 30s, in the half-light of prison cells, where he’d remember a song about walking through the valley of the shadow of death, fearing nothing.

Yosef Begun’s place in Jewish life has gone from myth to among the missing. michael datikash
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