Israel’s First Nobel Laureate Was Asked Not to Mess Up the Library

When Shmuel Yosef Agnon was evacuated to the Jerusalem home of the famed kabbalist Gershom Scholem during the War of Independence, he found a letter that would make every Airbnb host proud.

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During the 1948 War of Independence Shmuel Yosef Agnon, one of the greatest Hebrew writers, was forced to leave his home, which was too close to the fighting in Jerusalem, and move temporarily to the home of...