Yoel Matveev


The Tragic Lives and Loves of Joyce's Russian Translators

By Yoel Matveev

The Tragic Lives and Loves of Joyce's Russian Translators
June 16 is Bloomsday, the day when Leopold Bloom, the Jewish-descended protagonist of James Joyce’s novel “Ulysses,” took his quasi-Homeric one-day odyssey through Dublin. It’s the day when Dubliners and Joyce’s fans throughout the world celebrate the legacy of the great Irish novelist, whose protagonist transcends all cultural and temporal borders while remaining both Irish and Jewish.Read More


The Rebbe of Sinn Féin

By Yoel Matveev

The Rebbe of Sinn Féin
Last December, 300 Israeli rabbis, many of them employees of the state, signed a declaration forbidding Jews to sell or rent property to non-Jews. For some of them, the move was inspired by the philosophy of Isaac Halevi Herzog (1888–1959), one of the main modern proponents of a “halachic state” run according to the tenets of Jewish law. Herzog was the first chief rabbi of the State of Israel, as well as the father of the sixth Israeli president, Chaim Herzog, and the grandfather of the current Labor Knesset member, Isaac Herzog. But during his lifetime he was also known by a different title, albeit a less formal one: the Sinn Féin Rebbe, in honor of the Irish nationalist movement he supported.Read More


Anarchic Revolution and Traditional Judaism

By Yoel Matveev

Anarchic Revolution and Traditional Judaism
A new translation of Gustav Landauer’s “Revolution and Other Writings: A Political Reader” by Gabriel Kuhn brings his highly influential texts to an English-speaking audience. Landauer is known not only as a revolutionary, but also as a prominent mystical philosopher, a literary critic and a translator. The Forvert’s Yoel Matveev spoke to Kuhn about Landauer, his legacy and his appeal.Read More


Cobbling Together Spirituality and Anarchism

By Yoel Matveev

A longer version of this post appeared in Yiddish here. Read More



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