This piece is one of an ongoing series that we will be sharing in the coming days from Israeli authors and authors in Israel.
It is critical to understand history not just through the books that will be written later, but also through the first-hand testimonies and real-time accounting of events as they occur. At Jewish Book Council, we understand the value of these written testimonials and of sharing these individual experiences. It’s more important now than ever to give space to these voices and narratives.
In collaboration with the Jewish Book Council, JBI is recording writers’ first-hand accounts, as shared with and published by JBC, to increase the accessibility of these accounts for individuals who are blind, have low vision or are print disabled.
They said: “Never Again”
But again and again
Impossible to hear and see
Babies and children, young
Women and men. grandfathers
And grandmothers all disappearing
Remembering again, l’alam ul’al’mei
Al’maya*, that in every generation the
Jewish spirit yearning deeply”**.
*From the Jewish Kaddish said in a funeral, meaning forever and ever.
**From Hatikvah (the hope, in Hebrew), the national anthem of the State of Israel.
Adi Wolfson is an Israeli Poet and novelist, a green activist, an expert in ecological sustainability and a professor of chemical engineering. He is currently the Head of the Office of International Academic Affairs at the Shamoon College of Engineering (SCE), Be’er Sheva, Israel. In 2017, Wolfson was awarded the Prime Minister Levi Eshkol Creative Writing Prize for Writers and Poets. His poetry book, I Am Your Father, was translated to English by Michael R. Burch and published in 2019 in Finishing Line Press.