In a 1966 interview in the Yiddish literary journal “Di Goldene Keyt,” the Sabra writer acknowledged Yiddish as a heritage language of Israel.
What was it about Oz’s depiction of Jerusalem that so mesmerized his readers?
“Sad to hear of the death of #AmosOz - a wonderful writer and a voice for peace and reason. His memory is a blessing.”
“When you sat and talked with him in his living room it was just like talking with a nice guy.”
Amos Oz belongs to that young Israeli generation who have discarded much old-timey Zionist romantic sentimentality.
“Israel is a dream come true, and as a dream come true it is flawed, very flawed, and sometimes dangerously flawed or painfully flawed.”
It is strange to learn of Amos Oz’s death while in Jerusalem, on the eve of Shabbat
Israeli writer Amos Oz, Israel Prize laureate, died on Friday at 79 after fighting cancer.
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Amos Oz was branded a heretic for his stance on Palestine. American Jews are more accepting of him now, and he’s not quite sure what to make of that.