literature

  • Translating the Bible… into Hebrew

    Ha’aretz reports on an effort underway in Israel to translate the Bible into modern Hebrew: In Israel – which was established 60 years ago as the national home of the Jewish people, which “gave the world the eternal Book of Books” (according to the Declaration of Independence), and whose official languages, alongside Arabic, include that… More ▸

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    An autobiographical novel by Israeli author Amos Oz has been translated into Arabic in an effort to promote coexistence. The translation of “A Tale of Love and Darkness” was funded in part by the family of an Arab student killed in a terror attack in Jerusalem, and will be sold first in the Israeli Arab… More ▸

  • Strictly Commercial

    Two funny-Jewy books, two funny-Jewy promotional videos. The first, featuring Daily Show reporter John Oliver, comes from Hazonik and Daily Show staff writer Rob Kutner, and is for his new book “Apocalypse How,” which Jon Stewart, in an obviously objective and impartial manner, called, “A great read.” Second is the advert for former American Jewish… More ▸

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    An Australian Jewish author is in contention for a prestigious literary prize. “A Fraction of the Whole,” by Sydney-born Steve Toltz, 36, is on the long list of 13 novels for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The 650-page novel tells the story of a father and son on their journey through Australia to Paris… More ▸

  • Sharansky Lauds Solzhenitsyn’s Influence on Soviet Jewry Movement

    Amid the haystack of laudatory prose evoked this week by the death of one of the titans of Russian literature was this far less flattering needle: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was dogged, particularly in his later years, by charges he harbored deep anti-Semitic prejudice. Natan Sharansky, who along with Solzhenitsyn is among the most famous inmates and… More ▸

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    Rome will host Italy’s first International Festival of Jewish Literature. State, city and Jewish institutions, as well as the Israeli embassy, are organizing the Sept. 20-24 festival. Italian, American, Israeli and other authors will discuss and read from their works. A prize will be awarded in a competition for the best new short story on… More ▸

  • June Walker, Leader of Presidents Conf., and Hadassah, Succumbs to Cancer

    June Walker was in working mode last week. On July 21, she presided over a farewell reception for outgoing Israeli U.N. Ambassador Dan Gillerman. Two days later she led a meeting of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which she chairs. Late in the week, however, tests revealed the cancer she had… More ▸

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    The son of a high-profile Australian Holocaust survivor pleaded the Fifth Amendment before a U.S. Senate investigation into tax havens. Peter Lowy, his father, Frank, and brothers David and Steven are accused of hiding $68 million in a secret bank account in Liechtenstein. The Lowy family vehemently denies the allegations, claiming the funds were donated… More ▸

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    Eric Silver, who wrote an acclaimed biography of Menachem Begin, died at the age of 73. The veteran Middle East journalist died early Wednesday morning while undergoing cancer treatment. Silver, a native of Leeds, England, in 1967 covered the aftermath of the Six-Day War for the The Guardian of London after working his way up… More ▸

  • Seeking to Relaunch Career, Disgraced Rabbi Fights Against Sexual Allegations

    A disgraced American rabbi with a tangled history of alleged sexual misdeeds is relaunching his career as a spiritual mentor and backtracking from an apparent confession he signed two years ago. Rabbi Mordechai Gafni acknowledged his “sickness” in 2006 after several students at his Israeli institute claimed they were lured into sexual liaisons through deception… More ▸