S.Y. Agnon’s Tribute to the Martyrs of His Hometown

The Nobel Prize-winning Hebrew writer S.Y. Agnon left strict instructions for his daughter to see that, after his death, a group of his stories be published as a single volume. In accordance with Agnon’s wishes, they appeared under the title Ir Umlo’ah, meaning “A City in Its Fullness”—the city being Agnon’s native Buczacz, where all of these stories take place, and which figures prominently in his other writings. Reviewing an English translation of a selection of these stories—edited by Jeffrey Saks and the late Alan Mintz—along with Mintz’s volume about the Buczacz stories, Ruby Namdar writes:

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

Thoughts on Yitzhak Rabin’s Assassination, a Quarter-Century On

On the Jewish calendar, today is the 25th anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzḥak Rabin’s assassination at the hands of a fellow Jewish Israeli. Rabin, after a long and impressive career in the military and in politics, had not long beforehand signed the Oslo Accords, and was murdered by a zealous opponent of that decision. Reflecting on the occasion, David Horovitz writes:

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More about: Israeli politics, Oslo Accords, Yitzhak Rabin