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

 

Hamas and Hizballah Won’t Give Up Their Radical Goals for Economic Benefits

June 18 2021

In his first interview after leaving office, the former head of the Mossad, Yossi Cohen, admitted that he had erred in believing that Israel could come to some sort of accord with Hamas. In his own words:

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More about: Gaza Strip, Hamas, Hizballah, Iran, Mossad