Page 161 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 37

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Hebrew author to write stories that have no connection with Jews
or Judaism. For Shoffman, the prostitute, the refugee, the Jew in
his tallit, and the priest in his frock are all bound by a common
human center, by a common human experience. It is in this
synthesis that his uniqueness as an artist lies. In the evolving unity
of his individual self Shoffman endures as a Jew; out of the
division between man and himself and between man and Jew,
Shoffman forges a link which gives impetus to the humanistic
element in Hebrew literature.