Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000) was one of Israel’s leading writers. His books of poetry include Now and in Other Days, Songs of Jerusalem and Myself, Love Poems, Amen and Open, Closed, Open.


On the Night of the Exodus

I don’t imagine that on the night of the Exodus from Egypt, between midnight and dawn, any couple still lay together in love. We could have. In haste, blood dripping from lintels and doorposts, the silver and gold dishes clanging in the dark, between the stifled …