S .Y. Agnon’s story “Paths of Righteousness, or The Vinegar Maker” appears in “A Book That Was Lost” (Toby Press); in Hebrew: “Ma’aglei Tzedek.”

The story raised a bit of controversy when first published in 1923, based upon differing interpretations of what Agnon was trying to say with it.

In a rare statement about the meaning of his work, in later life he claimed the story is a parable about the Balfour Declaration.

Now, as we mark the centenary of Balfour on November 2nd, we ask what Agnon was trying to say?

In this video delivered at Agnon House, March 11, 2012, Rabbi Jeffrey Saks explores the story:

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