Six Poems by a Yiddish Master

Jan. 13 2016

The great Yiddish poet Abraham Sutzkever (1913–2010) helped save rare Jewish books and manuscripts in Vilna during World War II, then joined the partisans to fight against the Nazis, and later settled in Israel. James Nadel has translated six of his poems, with Yiddish facing, from the collection Oasis (1960). One of them begins:

I dreamed that I came
among a people where no one had yet died.
There had never been a victim there.
Every suckling child is as old as Methuselah.
That same clever king still rules,
From the time of the first Flood.
A resident need only rake through
his memory—
his years are set in him like stars.
Eternity is his daily bread.

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More about: Arts & Culture, Avraham Sutzkever, Jewish literature, Poetry, Yiddish literature

Hamas’s Tactics of Attrition and Extortion Are Paying Off

Feb. 21 2020

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:

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More about: Egypt, Gaza Strip, Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, Israeli Security