MembersJOB ON THE STAGE

“We have lost our connection to Judaism and have slid over to the margins,” director Yossi Israeli (79) tells Israel Today.

By Israel Today Staff |
Photo: Hadas Parush/Flash90

By this he means Israel’s left-wing margin, in which he himself is firmly entrenched. But in his new play “Job,” Israeli finds a fresh connection to Judaism and to the God of the Bible. “Job” was performed for the first time at the Israel Festival in early June. With his newfound affinity for Job and the Bible, the liberal artist is now demanding accountability from his colleagues: “The leftists have no knowledge of the biblical texts, which is why I want to emphasize that the Bible is also my book.”

 

Perhaps surprisingly for a liberal production, “Job” remains true to the biblical narrative. In his view, Israeli is dealing with the spiritual property of the Jewish people as a whole, which remains relevant even after 2,500 years. He allows a very beautiful and clear monologue from the Book of Job to be spoken on the stage. “Job’s God has different characteristics than those we typically apply to God,” Israeli explained. “This is a God who says: ‘Who do you think you...

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