Welcome to The Leftern Wall archives.

The Leftern Wall was a blog of mostly “politics, poetry, prattle and praxis from Jerusalem” by writer Moriel Rothman-Zecher between 2012 and 2017. Moriel’s recent writings, poems, teaching & event updates, and info about his novel, Sadness Is a White Bird (Atria Books, 2018; recipient of the National Book Foundation’s ‘5 Under 35’ Honor, winner of the Ohioana Book Award, finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the National Jewish Book Award, longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize), and his forthcoming second novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022), have now moved to

The Leftern Wall consisted of 400-some posts, and was visited over a quarter million times by 125,000 visitors. To give you a sense of the blog, the five most read posts on The Leftern Wall were:

Clarification: I do not think Palestinians are more moral than Israelis (July 16, 2014)

Why I Refuse: On God/Love, Nonviolence, and Israel’s Military Occupation of the Palestinian Territories (October 14, 2012)

9 Thoughts on the Matisyahu Disinvite, anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and Leftist Discourse (August 17, 2015)

10 Reasons You Should Never Visit the “City of David” [Again] (February 6, 2014)

10 Things I Really Like About Living in Israel (Note: This Is Not a Sarcastic Title) (June 6, 2012)

[The working conclusion here seems to be that the internet likes listicles . . . Anyhow, feel free to browse the archives over on the left of the screen, to get in touch with any questions, and to hop over to to see what Moriel is working on these days].