A Story, Appearing in English for the First Time, of an Immigrant Who Tries to Forget the Old Country

April 18 2019

Appearing in Yiddish in 1965, Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story, “A Letter to Mama,” has never been published in English until now. Its protagonist is a Polish-born immigrant living in the Midwest who has grown distant from all things Jewish, and receives an unexpected nocturnal visitation from his mother’s spirit. In Aliza Shevrin’s translation, it begins thus:

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More about: Immigration, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Yiddish literature

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