The Archive of “The Tourist Who Forgot to Leave”
Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)
The Tishby Archive held at the National Library of Israel constitutes a unique repository of personal letters, diaries, pictures, and literary writings of Isaiah Tishby, the celebrated scholar of Kabbalah at the Hebrew University.
By drawing on a number of captivating vignettes from the archive, this talk will strive to draw a complex portrait of Tishby that will also touch upon major themes from 20-century Jewish and Israeli history.
These include the dissemination of Zionism in Transylvania; The Holocaust, through a series of personal exchanges between Tishby and his sister Leah, a survivor whose poignant letters depict the struggles Jewish refugees faced when coping with personal trauma, displacement, and immigration; and questions of language and identity that left their indelible mark on Tishby’s poetry and other creative writings.
By surveying these treasures of the Tishby Archive we will gain a better understanding of an exceptional scholar who pursued the re-mythologization of Jewish history through a redemptive secular narrative.
With Dr. Andrea Gondos, DFG-Emmy Noether Research Group, Freie Universität Introduction: Matan Barzilai, Head of the Archives Department, the National Library of Israel
This event will be held at 8 PM Israel time and 1 PM EST.
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