S.Y. Agnon and the Orthodox Jewish Reader

The recently published A City and Its Fullness brings into English, for the first time, a cycle of stories by S.Y. Agnon (1888-1970), the Nobel Prize-winning Hebrew author, based on the history of his Galician home town of Buczacz. Through these stories, Agnon, himself religiously observant for most of his literary career, takes his readers into the inner world of East European Jewish spiritual and communal life in a way unparalleled in Jewish literature. Reviewing the collection, Sarah Rindner examines Agnon’s appeal to the 21st-century Orthodox reader:

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More about: Arts & Culture, East European Jewry, Hebrew literature, Orthodoxy, 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