Moments in time

By RIVKAH LAMBERT ADLER
July 13, 2017 19:56

Haim Watzman has gathered together 24 of his touching and thought-provoking short stories.

3 minute read.



An Israeli street

An Israeli street (illustrative). (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

Author Haim Watzman is a master of the tiny moment, the exact point in time that leaves an impression on the future.

In his new short-story collection Necessary Stories, Watzman has republished 24 tales of life in Israel and in the Jewish communities of America. These stories were chosen from his Jerusalem Report column of the same name, which he’s been writing for nearly a decade.

Necessary Stories
is an unstructured read. Watzman shuffles back and forth between female narrators and male narrators, between fiction and memory, between Israel and the US, between yesterday and today. The book is dedicated to Watzman’s son Niot, who died in a diving accident during his service in the Golani Brigade. Not all the stories are autobiographical, but there are several in which Watzman, his wife, Ilana, and other family members figure prominently.

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