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LABA-BA’s Tova Shvartzman on OTHERNESS

SHIBBOLET Tova Shvartzman for LABA Journal At this very moment I have a concrete experience of the Other. This current Other is the English language. It is not a friendly Other like a neighbor. It is an alien Other. I need to express myself in this foreign tongue to establish connections between creativity and work with...



APPLY TO BE A 2017/2018 FELLOW

THEME The LABA theme for 2017 -2018 is WAR and PEACE. Conflict is part of who we are, it is not an external force that we can aspire to exorcise and be permanently free of. Conflict defines the individual, the social and the cultural self. It is not accidental that...




This Book Can Change Lives

by RUBY NAMDAR If I were the one in charge of pairing ancient texts and Jewish holidays, I would have chosen the book of Kohelet (otherwise known by Greek name Ecclesiastes) as the perfect reading for Rosh HaShana – or better yet, for Yom Kippur. It is the ultimate book...


Tamar: mother against all odds

Ruby Namdar on the bible’s black widow harlot The name Tamar, in Hebrew, means a date or a date tree. In a world without processed sugar, where fruits are the rare and precious sweets the name reads as “a sweet thing”, “a tasty morsel” or simply as “candy”. And it...