On June 2, 2014, the Jewish Review of Books and Yale University Press hosted an evening for our editorial board member Hillel Halkin’s brilliant new biography of Vladimir Jabotinsky at YIVO. In addition to Halkin, the panelists were JRB editor Abraham Socher, Columbia professor Rachel Kobrin and The New York Times cultural critic-at-large Edward Rothstein. To watch an excerpt from the evening, click here or watch below.
In 2014 Ruby Namdar won the prestigious Sapir Prize for his novel Ha-bayit asher necherav, the first time in the award’s history that it went to a writer not living in Israel. On November 7, 2017, Harper released it under the title The Ruined House: A Novel, in an English translation by Hillel Halkin. The Jewish Review of Books is pleased to present this excerpt from the novel’s opening.
“I was a year old,” Rivka Miriam says, “and my father would hold me in his arms and throw me up and down and I laughed and laughed and laughed. Each time he threw me up he’d yell in Yiddish ‘Rivkela Rivkela where’s Savta?’ ‘Killed.’ ‘Rivkela Rivkela where’s Miriam?’ ‘Killed.’ ‘Rivkela Rivkela where’s Chaim?’ ‘Killed.’ He’d say all the names…
A 1944 poem, translated by Dan Ben-Amos.
After reading through dozens of entries into our Reader Review Competition, we are pleased to announce that Gital Segal Rotenberg has been chosen as the winner. Her review of Dati Normali appears today. We thank all our readers who participated!