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Maccabees in Space: Celebrate Star Wars and Hanukkah in one fell swoop

If you’re one of the many breathlessly anticipating the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens this Friday, December 18 (I happen to be married to one of them), here’s a little tidbit to tide you over. Continuing a grand … Continue reading

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Death of the Author: Israeli writer Amir Gutfreund passes away at age 52

Haaretz and The Times of Israel both pay tribute to Israeli author Amir Gutfreund, who passed away in late November after a battle with cancer, at the age of 52. Gutfreund is best known for his book Our Holocaust, narrated … Continue reading

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I shot the Pharaoh – Passover the Bob Marley way

Here’s something to float in your Matzoh Ball soup – the new Bob Marley Haggadah, a clever effort from Nathan Phillips, of the SS+K ad agency, aided by designer Jessica Stewart (or, as she’s listed on the Bob Marley Passover … Continue reading

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Welcome a new literary equal-opportunity offender

The Canadian Jewish News has a good story about Shani Boianjiu, the new literary phenom whose recent novel, The People of Forever Are Not Afraid (Random House), tracks several young women throughout and in the aftermath of their service in … Continue reading

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The New Online Dictionaries: More Options, Less Paper Cuts

Ha’aretz – bless its heart – maps the rise of online dictionaries at the expense of their long-suffering paper counterparts. The article focuses on Morfix, an online resource which I personally haven’t used much yet, but which apparently has some … Continue reading

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Israeli Readers Join the Grey Wave

Reader Mechell first informed us of the impending Hebrew edition of mega-S&M-hit Fifty Shades of Grey a few weeks ago, and now, the inevitable is upon us: Virtual Jerusalem reports that the first Hebrew edition of the first volume in … Continue reading

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From “My Fair Lady” to “Blood Brothers,” via the Zimmerman Bypass

Our friends at Ha’aretz – without whom this blog would get updated even less than it does – bring us an interview with Daniel Efrat, who is responsible for Hebrew translations of several Broadway musicals, including “Next to Normal” and … Continue reading

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Episodes Hebrew Gravestone Debacle

The Guardian’s Shortcuts blog reports a linguistic mishap concerning the British version of the TV show “Episodes” and featuring a Hebrew-inscribed gravestone. The Episode in question has Merc Lapidus, one of the main characters (I’m taking their word for it … Continue reading

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Alice Walker Nixes Hebrew “Color Purple”

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that Alice Walker has refused to authorize a Hebrew translation of her Pulitzer-winning novel, “The Color Purple.” In a letter to Yediot Books, Walker said she would not authorize an Israeli edition of the novel … Continue reading

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An interesting interview with Aminadav Dykman

Interesting interview with translator Aminadav Dykman on the English-language version of Ha’aretz: “For us, translation occupies a place that it does not occupy elsewhere, because we are still awfully ignorant… Any time you make a list of canonical books, you’ll … Continue reading

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