S.Y. Agnon, Solomon ibn Gabirol, and “The Sign.”
Three literary responses to one biblical book.
Will he be placed with Sholem Asch or with S.Y. Agnon?
All of them illustrate the predicament of Jewish identity, but not all in the same way.
To the great Hebrew writer S.Y. Agnon, balance is all—and imbalance, as in the novel Only Yesterday, a devastating calamity.
Reb Aryeh’s etrog.
Babel, Singer, Agnon.
The last Hebrew classic?
Agnon or Herzog?
He positions himself not as a subtly ironic modernist but as a humble, heartbroken preserver of memory.
A Tom Thumb rabbi and a blood libel.
A kinship between the artist and the outlaw.