Sneak Peek: Kaytek the Wizard Puppet Show

November 8, 2016

Check out the cool behind the scenes images of Brian Hull’s production of Janusz Korczak’s magical story!

Script and Direction by Brian Hull

Music by Sarah Hart

For more information, visit www.brianimations.com


Leon Wieseltier to be awarded 2013 Dan David Prize

June 16, 2013

by Danielle Ziri

American intellectual and philosopher Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic, will be awarded the 2013 Dan David Prize during a ceremony at Tel Aviv University on Sunday.

The Dan David Prize, given out by the Dan David Foundation, is an international award divided into three prizes accompanied by $1 million each for scientific, technological, cultural or social achievements that have a strong impact on society.

Each year, fields are chosen within the categories of past, present and future.

Wieseltier, who has been chosen along with French philosopher Prof. Michel Serres in the “present” category, says he received a “fine Jewish Zionist education.” He attended the Yeshiva of Flatbush in Brooklyn.

“I was briefly a member of the Jewish Defense League,” he told The Jerusalem Post, “but then I visited Israel, and that cured me of all that darkness.”

Wieseltier first visited Israel at the age of 17, in the summer of 1969, a trip he recalls vividly.

“It was the Yeshiva University summer tour and we got an extensive tour of Israel and an extraordinary guide; I have very fond memories of what he taught me along the way,” he recalled. “From then on, I became a Zionist and I visited as often as I could.”

From a very young age, Wieseltier was fluent in Hebrew, which he believes has strengthened his relationship with the Jewish state.

“I’ve always said that the Jewish people have two homelands: They have the Land of Israel and they have the Hebrew language,” he said. “If you live as a Jew in Hebrew, then you are already in some sense participating in Israeli life, even if you don’t live there.

“My Hebrew is as good as my English, and as a Jew, I live in Hebrew and that makes a huge difference,” he said. “There is incredible excitement in the story of the recreation of Hebrew as a living language. In some way, that was more miraculous even than the restoration of Jewish sovereignty.”

It was always clear to Wieseltier that he would study Jewish history and thought, which led him to pursue his studies at Columbia University, Oxford and later on, Harvard.

“I once told my parents that I’m addicted to all things Jewish,” he said. “I’ve been writing about Jews ever since I’ve been writing for two reasons: The first is that it’s the greatest human story ever told, and the second is that it’s our story.

“I don’t believe that people have only one identity, we have many identities and we choose from those identities the ones that we wish to be most known by,” Wieseltier explained. “My identity as a Jew is obviously salient.”
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