Israeli Author David Grossman Captivates, Inspires Hebrew College Audience


David Grossman and Rabbi Or Rose

Best-selling Israeli author David Grossman captivated a capacity crowd of 250 with his beautiful and searing words at the college's inaugural Martin Kace Lecture Wednesday in Berenson Hall.


Grossman began by reading the compelling first pages of his recent book “Falling Out of Time,” which the New York Times describes as "partly a folk tale, partly a play, partly a novel in verse."

Following the reading, Rabbi Or Rose, director of the Center for Global Judaism, led a discussion with Grossman on topics including the author's major influences, his relationships with other Israeli writers, his foray into nonfiction and his ongoing dedication to peace activism.

In describing his biggest influences, Grossman told the moving story of receiving from his father at age 8 a collection of "small red books" by the renowned Yiddish author and playwright Sholom Aleichem. Grossman's father instructed him to read the books to learn about life “over there" — the shtetls of Eastern Europe. Grossman immersed himself in these stories and created a private world made up of characters such as Menakhem Mendl and Tevya.


Grossman went on to describe his love for the Hebrew language and storytelling, sharing with the audience elements of his creative writing process. — Marilyn Stern


PHOTO CAPTION: Author David Grossman, left, speaks with Rabbi Or Rose before a capacity crowd at Hebrew College Wednesday. Photo by Larry Sandberg.