How S.Y. Agnon’s Fiction Captured the Jewish Spirit

Taking off from a 1967 Commentary essay by the scholar Gershom Scholem on the Hebrew writer S.Y. Agnon, Jeffrey Saks discusses the Nobel Prize-winning author’s life and work. Among other topics, Saks addresses the role of religion and the Holocaust in Agnon’s stories and novels, the debate among Scholem, Agnon, and the poet Ḥayyim Naḥman Bialik over the spiritual significance of the revival of Hebrew, and an Agnon-loving professor in Saudi Arabia. (Interview by Alan Rubenstein. Audio, 48 minutes. Options for download and streaming are availalbe at the link below.)

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More about: Arts & Culture, Gershom Scholem, Hayyim Nahman Bialik, Hebrew literature, Holocaust, S. Y. Agnon

The American Association of University Professors Celebrates Anti-Semitism

Last week, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), an influential academic organization, announced that Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi of San Francisco State University would receive one of its annual awards, citing her “courage, persistence, political foresight, and concern for human rights . . . in her scholarship, teaching, [and] public advocacy” as well as her efforts to “advance the agenda for social change in Palestine, the United States, and internationally.” Those efforts, notes Jonathan Marks, include supporting the exclusion of the Jewish campus group Hillel from a university-wide event, and lambasting the school’s president for apologizing for that exclusion:

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More about: Academia, Anti-Semitism, Israel on campus