S.Y. Agnon’s Passover Horror Story

April 14 2017

In “The Tale of Rabbi Gadiel,” the Nobel-Prize-winning Hebrew writer S.Y. Agnon, employing his signature pseudo-folktale style, draws on the books of Jonah and Esther, kabbalistic lore, and the legends of Elijah the Prophet to tell the story of a Tom Thumb-like rabbi who saves the Jews of his town from a blood libel. Herewith, Marcela Sulak’s reading of an excerpt of the story, translated by Evelyn Abel. (Audio, 8 minutes.)

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More about: Arts & Culture, Blood libel, Modern Hebrew literature, Passover, S. Y. Agnon

Despite Reasons for Worry, Jews Shouldn’t Lose Faith in the American Promise

Sept. 24 2021

From synagogue shootings, to attacks on Jews on the streets, to the gathering strength and viciousness of anti-Zionism, especially in the corridors of political power, American Jewry has ample reason for concern about its safety and wellbeing. But, surveying both the present situation and the deep roots of what has made America a welcoming home to Jews with “no analogue in the 2,000 years after the destruction of the Temple,” Josef Joffe argues that the U.S. remains exceptional. The bad news, however, is still bad:

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More about: American exceptionalism, American Jewry, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Chuck Schumer