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Oct.23.2013
“I was born in the US, but I am originally from Israel,” is how my American-born daughter described herself in a second  grade personal narrative booklet.  The statement must have surprised her teacher, but I felt that it made sense. My two daughters were born in the Midwest during...
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Aug.28.2013
In graduate school at the University of Iowa I was an assistant editor for Modern Poetry in Translation, a magazine edited by the poet and translator Daniel Weissbort. One of my responsibilities was to find appropriate Hebrew poems which Daniel and I could translate together. Daniel didn't know...
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Aug.17.2013
Two weeks ago on This American Life (501: The View From In Here, JUL 26, 2013) I heard a story by the Arab-Israeli writer Sayed  Kashua. Kashua is a young and talented author-journalist who writes in Hebrew. He has a weekly column in H’aaretz newspaper, and has also published several books. In...
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May.02.2013
Dalhia Ravikovitch (1936--2005) wrote this poem in 1964. Here, like in the poem "Love",  we can her sources of inspiration. The following is from my preface to the translations: Ravikovitch's poetry is serious, sincere, and almost free of irony. Translating Ravikovitch, one has to maintain the...
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Mar.24.2013
Today as I spend the day  preparing for the Passover Seder I remember the many Seders which I attended as a child, a guest and a host. My mother had 3 brothers and two of them lived in a kibbutz; when her own mother, my grandmother, was ill she asked her children to keep on ...
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Feb.26.2013
When you're throwing down a cold one, do you ever wonder where the word came about? Beer is a Hebrew word that means "a well". The Princes and Nobles of Israel dug a well for one of the last temporary campsites of the Israelites and named it Beer, which meant "a well". Suellen Ocean is the author...
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Feb.22.2013
Isaac is a Hebrew name that originally meant "laughter". Isaac holds a special place in Jewish history, as it is from him that in the Book of Genesis, the "Chosen People" descend. His father and mother were Abraham and Sarah, his wife was Rebecca and his son was Jacob. So, in Jewish history, Isaac...
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Oct.13.2012
Farsi, better known as Persian, was my first foreign language. I learned it out of necessity after moving to Iran to live with my  in-laws. I made an awful hash of it; calling my sister-in-law "Grasshopper" instead of her name, both words sounding the same to me. Eventually, I learned the day-...
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Oct.17.2011
It makes me wonder if George Lucas didn’t borrow a little from the Old Testament when I see the word Jehudi, an ancient Hebrew word for Jew, which is an English word. Jew is a sort of English “nickname”, used to designate a man from the Kingdom of Judah (or Judea). The true meaning of a Jew is “a...
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Aug.24.2011
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."  Genesis 1:26 ויאמר אלהים נעשה אדם בצלמנו...