israel in translation

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.

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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.

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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.’

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Mendele Mocher Sforim: the grandfather of Yiddish literature – Israel in Translation

Today, Mendele Mocher Sforim is known as a quiet, Bauhaus-filled street that runs from Hayarkon to just past Shalom Aleichem. Yet in the late 18th century, Mendele Mocher Sforim, or ‘Mendele the book peddler,’ was an author who depicted the world of the shtetl (village) with all of its poverty and decay. He is now considered the…

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Ruth the Moabite: Judaism’s most famous convert – Israel in Translation

Jews read the Book of Ruth during the holiday of Shavuot. Host Marcela Sulak reads Linda Zisquit’s lively translation of the first chapter.

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The hymnal poet-paver of the roads of Israel – Israel in Translation

Called ‘Lashonsky’ for his comic wit, linguistic innovations and irrepressible puns, every child in Israel knows Avraham Shlonsky’s version of the German Rumpelstiltskin fairytale: Utzli Gutzli.

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