You vowed of old to your servant David,
mercifully anointing the shoot of Jesse:
You sustained his authority in your sanctity for
he spread your praise to the ends of the earth:
You set his name as an eternal pillar;
he repairs the breach and rebuilds the ruins:
A cornerstone despised by the builders
you have raised to the headstone above all nations:
Joyfully you crown him with glory,
calling him the splendor of all nations
—translated by Azzan Yadin-Israel
In July 1492, three months after Spain published its edict of expulsion, Abravanel sailed with tens of thousands of other refugee Jews to Italy, where the history of Sephardi Jewry and its most illustrious leader resumed on somewhat friendlier grounds.
Secretary of State John Kerry's attempt to get Israel and the Palestinians to a final status agreement was never going to work. What will?
When I was about 10, I had a brilliant idea. If my parents would agree to speak only Yiddish with each other, it would just come to me without effort. I wouldn't have to learn it or study it, I would just wake up one day knowing it.
Welcome to the first issue of the Jewish Review of Books.