More Than a National Poet: On the 140th Anniversary of Haim Nahman Bialik's Birth

In his work as a storyteller, editor, linguist, commentator and 'guiding light,' Bialik was a figure everyone looked to for guidance on matters of national identity.

In a graveside address on the 78th anniversary of Haim Nahman Bialik's death last July, prize-winning poet and translator Meir Wieseltier spared no praise for Bialik's contribution to his generation and those that have followed: "Bialik's poems did and, in my eyes, continue to do divine work with respect to the language of the new Hebrew poetry," he said, as reported in Yedioth Ahronoth. But in the...