Tuvia Ruebner is a poet’s poet. Though distinguished and admired in Hebrew and German literary circles, he was little known for most of his career in Israel.
At the Modern Language Association Assembly delegates voted to chastise israel but not boycott its academics. Sadly, the farcical atmosphere made it impossible to take the debating process seriously.
At a Modern Language Association talk on the academic boycott of Israel, panelists gave little weight to arguments and facts, deciding instead to appeal to scholars’ emotions.
The second half of the 20th century saw a boom in Hebrew poetry unlike anything since the Golden Age of Spain 1,000 years earlier. Using their evolving vernacular, Israeli poets synthesized the literary traditions of the past with rich new waves of English and American poetry. In doing so, they created a poetic world that sings out louder and more poignantly than a news broadcast ever could. At a time of yet more violence and political turmoil in Israel, poetry offers a perspective on the human condition.