Words of the Week: Howard Jacobson

“Zionism is the expression of a people’s soul: It is a longing and a necessity, a Utopian fantasy, an understanding of history, a solution, an act of reasoning, an act of despair, a prayer, a poem, and a song. Hate the poetry of my soul and you hate me.”

Source: Howard Jacobson’s “Advice to a Jewish Freshman,” a must-read from the latest Sapir Journal.

UPDATE: I’ve just learned that Jacobson will discuss this essay with Sapir’s editor-in-chief Bret Stephens next Thursday, November 18. Details/Zoom registration can be found here.

6 thoughts on “Words of the Week: Howard Jacobson

  1. I love this sentence. It is the right sentence for the present contradictory, scary and painful moment.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      I thought so, too! But practically the entire piece is quote-worthy. We are lucky to have scribes like him at this moment.

  2. Rita says:

    Beautifully said, and also supported by the reality of needing a homeland which can rescue you when you need a visa from a country that will let you in. I speak from experience, having been a Kindertransport child in 1939, whereas my parents had to emigrate to Shanghai because no other country offered them entrance.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thank you for sharing that, Rita.

  3. Cathy Bryant says:

    This is wonderful! I’dlike every student to read it before starting their degrees!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      I so agree, Cathy–and not just in the U.K.!

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