“Take off Your Other Shoe” – A Buberian Reading of Leah Goldberg’s Nissim Ve’Niflaot

Yaakova Sacerdoti


Sixty years ago, in Nissim and Niflaot, Leah Goldberg called for a social and personal renewal, one that would materialize only after humans learn to relate to others as a “thou” rather than an “it”. Nobody’s Aunt, the lonely and toothless female, is the one who inspired her fellow characters to realize that the world could become a better place once humans become attentive to their neighbors’ needs. She starts by creating change in her own neighborhood and city. Her story reflects the Israeli social environment and educates her readers to become more relevant in their respective communities.

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