Ascent; Or, Moving to Israel in the 1970s

For me, living in Israel is a moral imperative. There is no elegant or painless way to describe why, after a  year, we left.

Customers smoke and talk in front of a shop in Jerusalem in 1970. Angelo Cozzi/Archivio Angelo Cozzi/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images.

Customers smoke and talk in front of a shop in Jerusalem in 1970. Angelo Cozzi/Archivio Angelo Cozzi/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images.

Ruth R. Wisse
observation
Jan. 2 2019
About Ruth

Ruth R. Wisse is a Mosaic columnist, professor emerita of Yiddish and comparative literatures at Harvard and a distinguished senior fellow at the Tikvah Fund. Her memoir Free as a Jew: a Personal Memoir of National Self-Liberation, chapters of which appeared in Mosaic in somewhat different form, will be published in September.

We present here the eighth chapter from the memoirs-in-progress of the renowned scholar and author Ruth R. Wisse. Earlier chapters can be found here. Further installments will appear over the next months.

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