Avraham Sutzkever, one of the greatest Yiddish poets of the 20th century, began his literary career in Vilna in the 1930s. After the arrival of the Nazis, he continued to write poetry in the Vilna ghetto, where he participated in a monumental project to rescue Jewish books and manuscripts. He later escaped to the forests to join a Jewish partisan unit. After the war, he settled in Tel Aviv and resumed his literary vocation. Marking five years since his death, Ruth Wisse speaks about both his poems and his idea of poetry.
Avraham Sutzkever: Poet, Partisan, Preserver of Jewish Culture
Hamas’s Tactics of Attrition and Extortion Are Paying Off
In January, the Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh visited Iran after promising the Egyptian government that he would not. Cairo responded by cutting exports of cooking gas and tires to the Gaza Strip. Facing a possible domestic crisis, the terrorist group recently resumed sending balloon-borne explosives into Israel, and allowed other jihadists to fire rockets. The move succeeded, despite retaliatory strikes by the IDF, writes Elior Levy: