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Naftali Krausz

Hebrew: נפתלי קראוס
Birthplace: Budapest, Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Immediate Family:

Son of Imre Krausz and Iren Krausz
Husband of Private
Father of Private; Private and Private
Brother of Private

Occupation: Journalist
Managed by: Esther Alperovitz
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About Naftali Krausz

  • נפתלי קראוס - (נולד בי"ב בשבט תרצ"ב, 20 בינואר 1932) הוא עיתונאי ישראלי יליד הונגריה.
  • Naftali Kraus (Budapest, 1932– ) Zsidó író, újságíró.

Naftali Kraus was born in Budapest in 1932. He was raised in Budapest and made Aliya in 1949, where continued his yeshiva studies, served in the army for two and a half years, and then he became a journalist in 1954. He wrote for the Maariv, the HaZofe, and The New Yorker, Yiddish weekly, the Allgemeiner Journal as its Israeli correspondant.

He is also the author of numerous Hebrew books. 
There are 15 books of Naftali Kraus published in Hungarian in Budapest.

"The year of 1990 was a turning point not only in the fete of the whole Hungary but also in the life of the Hungarian Jewry. 
We could experience the meeting of the past and the future. This was a historic moment, which rarely could be experienced in the fate of generations following one another.

The whole Central-East Europe experienced the atmosphere of renewal and the activity to make things new. We were able to witness the collapse of the wall, which - according to one of the most significant thinker of our era - can be done not by might and weapons but by words.

At the same time the danger of losing the ground under our feet, the need for a search for the right way are also part of the overheated atmosphere. 
During such times the responsibility of the man of words, the writer is even greater then ever.

In this special year of 1990 the first Hungarian work of Naftali Kraus, the "Ancient Source" was published, in which he joins his thoughts around the Pirkei Avoth, the Parashat Hashavua and the Jewish Festivals.

Later this work became the first piece of a popular series bearing the same name "Ancient Source" which is the result of fruitful, creative years. 

It is true: Naftali Kraus enriches the Jewish religious literature not only in this storm-beaten region of Europe but also in the Land of Israel. 

HaRav Yisrael Meir Lau, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel wrote the following in the Israeli edition of Kraus's book, "Parashath HaShavua. HaTora Birei Parshanei Hadoroth" (Kfar Sava,1999)


I know and I appreciate the spiritual richness being reflected in your book... To my deepest sorrow in our generation there is a certain division, part of our people got far away from our roots…

Naftali Kraus's first book, the exegetic work on the Parasath Hasavua had a revealing effect on the spiritual life of the Hungarian Jewry - a bright colour on the formerly mainly grayish palette.
The author is an Israeli scholar with Hungarian cultural roots and an ability of story telling. His religious thorough grounding, his ability for spiritual associations, the rich world of his description power, and the grandiose applications of the ancient material enable him to create this valuable spiritual production.

The result is a work, which is close in values to the spiritual richness of the masterpieces of the publication of the pre-second world war era. 

The genre being created anew thus became an inspiring, influential power in the process of re-establishing a new way of thinking in the Jewish life of Hungary. 

This creating power is soaked in the total spiritual freedom in a religious sense. 

His writings have profound inspirational effects on the mind and feelings, a real spiritual experience and adventure for the readers could they be Jewish or the true followers of different religions.

Naftali Kraus's books have found their deserved place on the shelves of the Hungarian readers' libraries.

The main goal of the author is to transmit the purified thoughts to his readers in the garment of a linguistic Puritanism, in an unambiguous way.

His works became an integral part of the attractive Hungarian Jewish publishing of the last decade. 

Naftali Kraus's new book is the symbol of the strengthening of the Jewish identity; with the help of it we can get closer to our past, we can have a glimpse on the world of thoughts, which goes back to the great revelation in the Sinai Desert, thus we can identify ourselves.

One of the most important values of this work is that it can become the standard of objectivity also in the non-Jewish society. It opens the door to a world, which earlier seemed to be very mystical, breaks up prejudices. In other words: it teaches. Its pedagogical values cannot be overestimated. 

In our community almost every generation had the occasion to meet his thoughts. He can be a great adviser in places, which are in need of experts on religious questions. 

So we greet the excellent author with Jacob's words about his son, Naftali ( Bereshith 49.21.): "Naphtali is a hind let loose:
he giveth goodly words." Dr. Alfred Schőner

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Naftali Krausz's Timeline

January 20, 1932
Budapest, Budapest, Budapest, Hungary