In honor of the Purim custom of reading the Book of Esther, this episode features an excerpt from Ruth Calderon’s short story “A Bride for One Night”.
israel in translation
Each of the 23 stops of the Jerusalem Light Rail’s red line features a poem, translated into Arabic, Hebrew, and English. We’ll devote this episode to some of these pieces.
Peter Cole is a poet and translator who has recreated Spain’s golden age of Jewish culture and adapted tenth-century Arabic-language poetry to 21st-century English so skillfully that the lines sing.
Excerpts from the novel “And The Rat Laughed,” by the late Nava Semel. Her work was the first to address the topic of the so-called “Second Generation”— children of Holocaust survivors. Nava passed away in December 2017.
We end 2017 with an infusion of religious, secular, biblical, and sensual registers and sensibilities as we enter the poetic world of Esther Ettinger.