Modern Hebrew literature

In his fiction, and especially in the novel Only Yesterday, S.Y. Agnon casts an ironic, unfooled eye on the inner lives of his fellow Jews and their lopsided bargains with modernity.

Dec. 3 2018 12:01AM

After many decades, not yet fluent.

May 23 2017 12:01AM

A Tom Thumb rabbi and a blood libel.

S.Y. Agnon
April 14 2017 12:01AM

Fish that turn into frogs, a dead count, and halakhic humor.

A.B. Yehoshua, Ariel Hirschfeld, Alan Mintz and Jeffrey Saks
July 29 2016 12:01AM

None of the great Jewish arguments that raged in the 19th century—tradition versus modernity, secularism versus religion, nationalism versus universalism—is over with.

May 31 2016 12:01AM

It took tremendous toil to produce the cultural rebirth of the Hebrew language. Let us give thanks to the toilers—and to their master translator.

May 23 2016 12:01AM

For millions of Israelis (and others) who today write and speak the language with ease, Hebrew’s grand literary legacy is a book still waiting to be opened.

May 16 2016 12:01AM

Go west, young Hebraist.

Robert Alter
Jan. 27 2016 12:01AM

“I placed a loaf of bread and some olives in my pack . . .”

S. Y. Agnon
May 7 2015 12:01AM

In his prize-winning new novel, Reuven Namdar asks whether American Jewry is a house on fire. His answer is. . . .

March 5 2015 12:01AM

Yes, argued Hayyim N. Bialik, one of the great poets of the early 20th century. He wanted to “reprogram” Hebrew for mundane use by stripping. . .

March 3 2015 12:01AM

Israel’s thriving literary culture now encompasses a sizable number of talented expatriate writers, some of whom have made no secret of their lack of interest. . .

Beth Kissileff
Jan. 12 2015 12:01AM

The Nobel-Prize winning Israeli novelist S. Y. Agnon was one of the pioneers of twentieth-century Hebrew literature. He is known for the sophisticated, allusive, sometimes. . .

S. Y. Agnon
Oct. 7 2014 12:01AM

Modern Hebrew is blessed with an abundance of literary translators. But can the allusive and often strange language of its greatest masters really be rendered. . .

Jeffrey M. Green
Oct. 2 2014 12:01AM