Hebrew literature

An NYU professor channels the high priest.

Nov. 17 2017 12:01AM

The most tragic Jewish writer of modern times.

Micha Yosef Berdichevsky and James Adam Redfield
Nov. 8 2017 12:01AM

A City and Its Fullness.

Sept. 18 2017 12:01AM

Ḥayyim Naḥman Bialik’s faith in a Zionist-led Hebrew renaissance never faltered; nor did his labors on its behalf. Yet he also became, so he felt, Zionism’s prisoner.

Aug. 31 2017 12:01AM

Ḥayyim Naḥman Bialik was called upon by his contemporaries to play the role of a prophet. By consenting, he believed he had betrayed both his talent and his true calling.

Aug. 30 2017 12:01AM

In December 1903, Ḥayyim Naḥman Bialik burst to fame and notoriety in a storm of rage at Jewish passivity; by 1910, his poetic career had stalled.

Aug. 29 2017 12:01AM

He positions himself not as a subtly ironic modernist but as a humble, heartbroken preserver of memory.

Ruby Namdar
July 12 2017 12:01AM

Poems of the land of Israel.

Rachel Bluwstein and Leah Goldberg
May 4 2017 12:01AM

A kinship between the artist and the outlaw.

Robert Alter
April 5 2017 12:01AM

The latest novel by Amos Oz, Israel’s best-known writer, is ostensibly an allegory about both the state of Israel and the betrayal of Jesus. What’s it actually about?

March 29 2017 12:01AM

Why did the great Micha Yosef Berdichevsky, who called on Jews to take personal responsibility for Zionism, never settle in or even visit Palestine?

Feb. 1 2017 12:01AM

The original misunderstood and lonely poet.

Raymond Scheindlin
Dec. 29 2016 12:01AM

The art of annotation.

Avraham Holtz
Nov. 22 2016 12:01AM

An author who upended his own parables.

Nov. 15 2016 12:01AM