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Sarah Blau

Sarah Blau was born in 1973 and raised in the ultra-Orthodox town of Bnei Brak, near Tel-Aviv. She holds a BA in history and psychology from Bar-Ilan University. Blau has edited and presented several TV programs dealing with contemporary views on religion and feminism in the Orthodox community, and writes reviews for the Hebrew press. She is also a playwright and an actress .Blau has taught at the Holocaust Studies Institute in Haifa, and In 1999, she began holding an alternative Holocaust memorial service which ignited great interest and controversy in Israel and abroad.

Blau's writing can be described as modern-Jewish-gothic, based on ancient Jewish myths, which she sets up for an ironical reexamination. In her debut novel, The Book of Creation, a lonely young woman creates her own man-shaped 'Golem' - a reincarnation of the one the Jews created in the Warsaw Ghetto; and in her one-woman show, Thy Shall Write, a heartbroken novelist is working on her great novel, a modern version of the biblical story of Yael and Sisera.

Blau, one of the most prominent new voices in young Orthodox literature in Israel, was awarded the Prime Minister's Prize (2015).  

Sarah Blau by Iris Nesher

Books Published in Hebrew

The Book of Creation (novel), Zmora-Bitan, 2007 [Yetzer Lev Ha-Adama]
Those Well-Raised Girls (novel) , Zmora-Bitan, 2012 [Neʹarot Le-Mofet]
Stake (novella), Zmora-Bitan, 2014 [Yated]
The Last One [The Short Theater Festival, Tzavta, 2003]
Thy Shall Write [The Center Stage Festival, 2014]

Books in Translation

Chana Bloch dies at 77
Chana Bloch, a revered poet and translator from Hebrew and Yiddish, has sadly passed away earlier this month. Among her many remarkable achievements is the wonderful translation of a collection of poems by Dahlia Ravikovitch​ (W. W. Norton & Company). Chana will be greatly missed.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
English edition of Yitzchak Mayer's amazing "Silent Letter" is about to come out with Mosaic Press. Learn more about the author's incredible life story on his brand new website.
Dayan on feminism and writing
Following the release of "Transitions" in English, Yael Dayan talks to Lilith Magazine about her past aspirations and present pursuits. Click here to read the full interview.
Gundar-Goshen's Op-Ed for Time
To mark the US publication of "Waking Lions" Ayelet Gundar-Goshen talks about the refugee crisis, internal walls and people behind them in the op-ed for Time. Click here to read the article.
"One Night" nominated for ELLE France literary award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "One Night, Markovitch" was selected for the long list of the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle. Winners in four categories will be announced in May 2017.
Semel on "Isra-Isle" for JBC
With the release of "Isra-Isle" earlier this month from Mandel Vilar Press, Nava Semel is guest blogging for the Jewish Book Council. Click here to read on how the idea behind the book came to being.
MHL - New webzine starting soon!