“Maybe if Oz denied his Zionism and his belief in the justice of the existence of Israel, it would be possible.”
“The Gershom Scholem I knew was a writer — I didn’t know much about him as a person.”
“The National Library is the scholarly Western Wall, a place of genuine diversity — not a place of worship, but of shared curiosity.”
Signs have popped up in restaurant windows stating that refugees are welcome and quoting Biblical passages — in particular, Deuteronomy.
Maybe the vowel wars and the grammar wars — and, more broadly, the war between plot and how to understand it — are what Passover is all about.
“The risks of “saying no” are ancient, and still with us. Unlike so many dead languages, the language of refusal is still very much alive.”
“In Israel there is a fear of non-influence as opposed to Harold Bloom’s anxiety of influence.”
“Anyone who teaches Hebrew and Yiddish literatures in translation is indebted to Barbara Harshav.”
Three million Polish Jews perished in the Holocaust, approximately 10% of the population. That’s the kind of population change that mailmen notice.
Rain is falling hard in Tel Aviv, which means that some people there are already preparing for a tsunami.