A Haunting Poem from a Master of Yiddish Verse

June 15 2017

One of the great Jewish poets of the 20th century, Avraham Sutzkever (1913-2010) was born in the shtetl of Smorgon (now in Belarus), was interned in the Vilna Ghetto before escaping to join the partisans, and lived out most of his live in Israel. Herewith, the opening stanza of his poem “Toys,” translated by Maia Evrona:

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

How Israel Can Stand Up to a Belligerent Turkey

Sept. 25 2020

Under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ankara has become increasingly authoritarian, Islamist, and hostile toward Israel and the West more generally. The Turkish government has also indicated that it aspires to alter its maritime border with Greece, and even its border with Syria. Analyzing these changes, and what they term the country’s “bellicose foreign policy,” Efraim Inbar, Eran Lerman, and Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak examine the implications for Israel, and how the Jewish state might best respond:

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More about: Israeli Security, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey, U.S. Foreign policy