Israel in Translation

‘The Hilltop’ shows us the view from both sides of the separation wall – Israel in Translation

Host Marcela Sulak introduces us to Assaf Gavron’s novel ‘The Hilltop,’ which follows the lifespan of an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

The souvenir shop of Taha Muhammad Ali – Israel in Translation

Host Marcela Sulak tells Ali’s charming fairytale about how his craft was tested by a visitor who came daily to his shop…

Sukkot special: The fragility of the etrog – Israel in Translation

Today we explore the etrog, a powerful symbol of the holiday of Sukkot, through a short story by Shai Agnon and a poem by Orit Gidali.

Yom Kippur’s Poetry of Awe – Israel in Translation

Today we explore Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, through the poetry of Yehuda Amichai and Shelley Elkayam.

Haim Gouri’s Piyyut for Rosh Hashanah

Born in Tel Aviv in 1923, Haim Gouri is a poet, novelist, documentary film maker, journalist, and the author of a book on the trial of Adolf Eichmann.

Rivka Miriam on asking forgiveness – Israel in Translation

We explore the month of Elul’s themes of creation and forgiveness through two poems by Rivka Miriam.

Yehuda Amichai’s ‘Wildpeace’ – Israel in Translation

Yehuda Amichai is probably the most widely translated Hebrew poet since King David. He revised the national, Biblical narrative into a personal love story.

Emile Habibi: The ‘pessoptimist’ who worked for coexistence – Israel in Translation

Emile Habibi won both the Al Quds and the Israel Prizes for literature, served in the Knesset, and worked all his life for Israeli-Palestinian coexistence.

The sun, the stars, and the last Andalusian Hebrew poet – Israel in Translation

Can you guess which celestial feature is named after the last Golden Age Andalusian Hebrew-language poet, Avraham Ben Ezra?

Naomi Shemer: The first lady of Israeli song and poetry – Israel in Translation

We explore the work of poet and songwriter Naomi Shemer, who won the Israel Prize in 1983, and whose best-known work is the 1967 song ‘Jeruslaem of Gold.’