# 66 / Editorial


For the great poet Haïm Nahman Bialik, it was Mount Scopus. In 1925, Bialik gave the powerful speech inaugurating the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A founding moment in the history of Zionism, which the poet inscribed in the long history of the Jewish people. Rather than the rupture represented by the return to Eretz Israel, Bialik insists on the continuity of the study which will henceforth find in this university the privileged place of its extension. It is a way of articulating, with prophetic accents, the long diasporic existence and the recent territorial re-anchoring, and of giving all its historical depth to the spiritual ideal that the University of Jerusalem intends to embody. A sublime but forgotten speech that K. is happy to publish with a presentation by Davide Mano and Ron Naiweld. It is also an opportunity for our magazine to inaugurate a new ‘archive’ section in which we will soon come across other great figures from past centuries who also counted in the history of the Jews and of Europe.

From the summit of Mount Scopus to that of French literature: such is the place that Marcel Proust has conquered. However, it was not until the centenary of his death that an exhibition was finally held on the Jewish part of the author of La Recherche. This is what the mahJ [Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme] in Paris is currently offering, under the inspired leadership of Isabelle Cahn, curator of the exhibition “Proust du côté de la mère” (until 28 August 2022). An exhibition which the philosopher Avishag Zafrani reports on this week.

Finally, the city of seven hills, in which a radiant Yehoshua poses in the photo that illustrates the tribute article devoted to him by Béryl Caizzi. After Amoz Oz and Aaron Appelfeld, a few years ago, another great figure of Israeli literature left us last week. What remains is a body of work, whose main feature Béryl Caizzi recalls and which will long accompany those who wish to rise to the heights of literary commitment but also of moral greatness.

On the 1st of April 1925, the great poet Bialik gave the inaugural speech of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This speech takes us back to the world of a still fragile yichuv and of Zionism in its pre-state phase. It was a time when the Zionist project oscillated between the affirmation of a political solution for the Jews, in rupture with Europe, and that of a cultural achievement which continued to be part of the trajectory of the Jews in Europe. The University, like many institutions in Mandatory Palestine, preceded the State and saw itself as the intellectual centre of the Jewish people to come.

The exhibition conceived by curator Isabelle Cahn and designed by Joris Lipsch at the mahJ in Paris – ‘Proust du côté de la mère’ — collects the mementos of Proust’s Jewish condition. It also solicits a plastic reflection on the modern Jews’ sense of art and its history, on the museum institution itself, on the power of the image and its effect on the gaze as well as on thought — so many themes, incessantly worked on in ‘The Search for Lost Time’, on which Avishag Zafrani returns for K.

Yehoshua died on Tuesday, June 14, at the age of 85. We feel that we are nearing the end of an era. The one of Aharon Appelfeld (1932-2018), Amos Oz (1938-2018) and A.B. Yehoshua (1936-2022), who embodied a generation of Israeli literature. They were not only great writers. This generation also represented the moral conscience of a nation that they saw come to birth.

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