A New Translation of Isaac Babel’s “Awakening”

In his 1931 short story “Awakening,” the Soviet Jewish writer Isaac Babel describes how Odessa Jews’ mania for violin lessons caught up with him, and how his lack of musical talent helped him discover his own artistic calling. The story, in a new translation by Maxim Shrayer, begins thus:

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More about: Arts & Culture, Isaac Babel, Jewish literature, Odessa, Russian Jewry

Islamic Texts Provide Evidence That Belies Palestinian Propaganda about the Temple Mount

In the past few years, Palestinian leaders have added to their familiar, scurrilous claim that Israel plans to seize or destroy the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock the assertion that there never was a Jewish Temple there, and that the site had no significance to Jews before modern times. Nadav Shragai argues that, to counteract this effort to rewrite history, it is not sufficient to turn to the wealth of archaeological evidence, which might not prove persuasive to a Muslim audience. Instead, he urges Israel and its defenders to build their case on Islamic sources:

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More about: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Jerusalem, Muslim-Jewish relations, Temple Mount