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Natalie Portman Mourns Amos Oz With ‘Broken Heart’

Natalie Portman opened up her “broken heart” to the world after the death of iconic Israeli author Amos Oz.

“We lost a soul, a mind, a heart, Amos Oz, who brought so much beauty, so much love, and a vision of peace to our lives,” Portman wrote on Intagram. “Please hold him in your hearts and read his gorgeous books.

Portman, who directed the film version of Oz’s autobiographical “A Tale Of Love And Darkness” led a chorus of literary paying homage to Oz, who died of cancer.

The Israel Prize laureate wrote dozens of novels, short stories and essays, with “My Michael,” “Black Box” and “A Tale of Love and Darkness” among his most famous works.

Among the condolences and adoration for his writing was praise for his unabashed hope for peace. Even Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev, who often clashed with the progressive author, said in The Times of Israel that his works “resounded around the world and inspired all our hearts.”

Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at, or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher




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