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:

Your toys, my child, hold them dear,
your toys smaller even than you.
And at night, when the fire drifts off to sleep—
wrap them up in the stars from atop a tree.

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More about: Arts & Culture, Avraham Sutzkever, Holocaust, 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