The end of Israel's fairy tale era
For generations Jews have spun stories of redemption and salvation to insulate ourselves from history: Now, the challenge in Israel is to deal with the end of enchantment.
In Govorovo, the town in Poland where my great grandfather grew up, there was no library. By the 1940s, Bundists and Brennerites may have competed with Zionists and Socialists for the attentions of the youth of the town with their respective ideologies and libraries. But for my great grandfather Velvel, the town that he knew passed...
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