Leah Goldberg’s “Room for Rent”

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No Israeli childhood experience would be complete without Leah Goldberg. Her story “Room for Rent” was published in 1948 and is one of the most classic children’s books available in Hebrew. Shmuel Katz’s illustrations bring Goldberg’s words to life in both the original and in Jessica Setbon’s 2017 translation.

Leah Goldberg born in Königsberg, East Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia), in 1911, moved to Mandate Palestine in 1935. Well known during her lifetime as a poet, author, and translator, she is remembered as one of Israel’s great authors and literary scholars. She earned a PhD in Semitic languages from Bonn University and helped found Hebrew University’s Department of Comparative Literature, which she chaired until her death in 1970.

You can find links to previous podcasts on Leah Goldberg below.

Previous Episodes on Leah Goldberg:

A Fairy Tale by Leah Goldberg

‘I have been planted with the pines’ – Israel in Translation

Leah Goldberg, Room for Rent. Illustrated by Shmuel Katz, translated by Jessica Setbon. Gefen Publishing House, 2018.

Leah Goldberg: Le-mi She-ino Ma’amin, sung by Yehudit Ravitz

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