It recalled to me a piece that was published in a periodical I helped edit, together with Rachel Katsman, entitled Counterpoint. Since the issue of Bob Dylan and his relationship with Jews, Judaism and Israel is always relevant, I figured I'd try to scan the article and present it to a new readership.
Here it is, in parts:-
The author, Tuvia Ariel, has since passed away, after many years of managing a great used bookstore on Agrippas Street in Jerusalem and was known as "one-legged Terry" due to an accident in which he lost a leg.
P.S. And now, with his Nobel Prize for Literature, this post is mentioned here, coming full circle:
In an article Noble wrote in 1987 for a periodical called Counterpoint, a scanned version of which went online, he wrote that Dylan liked listening to people, explaining that “the reason Bob wanted to get to know me was that I was Jewish and he collects Jews ... His problem with being Jewish himself is that being Jewish is not very American. And Bob Dylan is the most American person I have ever met. Even today, when most of his fans are 40 and over, he represents young America, which is Christian while he is Jewish. And that’s a problem for him and for us.”
“We used to ask him what it was like to be so famous, and he’d say things like ‘when I was young I really wanted it and worked hard for it. But once you get there it’s different, you don’t want it anymore – you’re not the same person who wanted it earlier.’
Since hopefully a good few people will be perusing this, I just want then to know that I saw Bob Dylan come up David Street in Jerusalem's Old City in 1973 after he visited the Western Wall. I just stared as he walked by, transfixed, fool that I was not to say hello.