S.Y. Agnon’s Political Satire

April 15 2016

While satire is not the usual mode employed by the Nobel Prize-winning Hebrew author, the stories in a newly translated collection, The Orange Peel and Other Satires, are a biting send-up of the egoism and pettiness of Jewish politics. Jeffrey Saks and Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi discuss the volume, with a reading by Mishy Harman. (Audio, one hour and twelve minutes.)

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More about: Arts & Culture, Hebrew literature, Israeli literature, S. Y. Agnon, Translation

The Palestinian Authority Deliberately Provoked Sunday’s Jerusalem Riots

Aug. 16 2019

On Sunday, Tisha b’Av—the traditional day of mourning for the destruction of the two Jerusalem Temples—coincided with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. While the Israeli government had initially banned Jews from the Temple Mount on that day, it later reversed its decision and allowed a few dozen to visit. Muslim worshippers greeted them by throwing chairs and stones, and police had to quell the riot by force. Just yesterday, an Israeli policeman was stabbed nearby. Maurice Hirsch and Itamar Marcus place the blame for Sunday’s violence squarely on the shoulders of the Palestinian Authority:

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