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Arts & CultureIsrael in Translation

“I hereby close the gates between my legs till further notice / For an unlimited period, due to maintenance. / No bearers of first fruit will come / No pilgrims will make pilgrimage…”

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Arts & CultureIsrael in Translation

“Now in Jerusalem, the Ashkenazi Jews are reciting the Selichot prayers. / The Sephardi Jews began three weeks ago, / chanting El Malei.”

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Arts & CultureIsrael in Translation

“A mare dances on two strings—that’s how / Ismael’s fingers listen to his blood. The villages scatter / like poppies in the rhythm.”

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Arts & CultureIsrael in Translation

“Though you swam in the sea, you’re not like a fish, / though you took off in flight, you’re not like a bird— / The towers of Babel you built wrecked / over the man dwelling in the poet’s wings.”

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Arts & CultureIsrael in Translation

“The whole of my wisdom contracts to the bulk of a fly on a bright window-pane, / what were mountains and vales are but a scratch on glass.”

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Arts & CultureIsrael in Translation

“Swords can only harm those standing right in front of them, while stories determine who will live and who will die in future generations.”

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Arts & CultureIsrael in Translation

“Unlike their front-line soldier counterparts, these secret soldiers are armed with nothing but a foreign passport, a fake identity, extensive training, and inexplicable courage.”

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Arts & CultureIsrael in Translation

“Tel Aviv grinned like a little girl with tooth decay while she puffed on a pipe held in the corner of her mouth.”

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Arts & CultureIsrael in Translation

“What did Fishl say when he saw the fish? He said, ‘The Leviathan knows that Fishl Karp loves large fish and sent him what he loves.'”

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Meet Haneen, 12 years old, and her siblings and cousins. They’re from Hebron district in the West Bank, one of the most volatile areas in the region.

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