Let’s start off asking questions that are different than the ones other magazines ask. Why not? We’re a different magazine, maybe a different breed of magazine.
You sometimes hear / A voice calling / You, (while I hear / Two beasts brawling
Translating Torah classics also has a two-fold process. Our job as translators is to ferry over the subject matter, not only from one language to another, but also from one generation to the next.
The Rishonim likened translating from the source language to the target language as pouring the contents of one vessel into another.
Write a novel? Me? Novelists were folks with superannuated brains agile enough to juggle the complexities of a fictional universe, and that wasn’t me.
We’ve been talking about starting up a podcast where we interview orthodox Jewish authors about their books for a few months, but we finally got the required push when veteran Sasson contributor Yael Shahar put out a new book, called Returning.
While it’s easy to comment on a post – all you do is type something and press ‘submit’ – actually commenting in a thoughtful way which is not just about massaging your own ego or ‘being seen to comment’ is actually way, way harder.
Modern Israel’s greatest philosopher, Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook, once wrote: “Literature, which pokes into every corner where there is poetry and life, has not penetrated at all into the marvelous treasure of life that is repentance.” Yael Shahar’s Returning, based on a true story but crafted with literary skill, seems meant to fit into that gap.
Confessions of a soup-powder connoisseur
Book Review: Small Choices, Big Changes by Sarah Pachter (Targum Publishers 2017), 255 pp. Reviewed by Devorah Talia Gordon In Small Choices, Big Changes, Sarah Pachter explores fundamental facets of Jewish life with clarity and wit. From the seemingly mundane to the more elevated parts of life, Pachter draws rich lessons that the reader can easily integrate into Read more