agnon imageAgnon’s Stories of the Land of Israel

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary

of S. Y. Agnon’s Nobel Prize

Organized by the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies

and its Joseph and Faye Glatt Program on Israel and the Rule of Law

Co-sponsored by:

Agnon House, Jerusalem;

The Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies

Monday, October 31, 2016, 9:30-4:30

Wilf Campus, 535 Furst Hall, 500 West 185th Street

Session I: Between Eretz Yisrael and the Diaspora



Steven Fine, Director, Center for Israel Studies, Yeshiva University

Shalom Carmy, Yeshiva University

Chair: Shmuel Schneider, Yeshiva University

    • Alan Mintz (Jewish Theological Seminary): Hometown and Homeland: The Dialectic Between Eretz Yisrael and Buczacz in Agnon’s Late Works


  • Wendy Zierle​r (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion): From Henye to Tehilla: The Righteous “Grandmother” as Personification of Village, City and Land of Israel in Baron and Agnon


  • Shalom Carmy (Yeshiva University): The Hound of Heaven and the Dog of the Streets: God and Man in Jerusalem and Points West

Lunch: Noon-1:00pm

Session II: “The Art of Agnon Annotation”


Greetings:  Selma Botman, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Yeshiva University

Avraham Holtz (Jewish Theological Seminary) in conversation with Jeffrey Saks (ATID/Agnon House) discussing Professor Holtz’s monumental edition of Agnon’s Temol Shilshom, the epic novel of Eretz Yisrael during the Second Aliyah.

Session III: The Place of Eretz Yisrael in Agnon’s Stories


Chair: Ozer Glickman, Yeshiva University

  • Zafrira Lidovsky Cohen (Yeshiva University): Ge’ulah in Zionist Ideology and Rhetoric and in Agnon’s “Agunot
  • Laura Wiseman (York University): Agnon’s “Orange Peel”: Word on the Street in the State Book Satires
  • Jeffrey Saks (ATID/Agnon House): “But always I regarded myself as one who was born in Jerusalem”: Agnon’s Nobel Speech in Light of Psalm 137

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