Since 2012, the Leftern Wall has been a home for writings, reflections and more by writer, poet, novelist and political activist, Moriel Rothman-Zecher.

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Moriel was born in Jerusalem, raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Arabic and Political Science. He moved back to Jerusalem in 2011, and has been involved with a number of groups working against the occupation. Moriel lives with his wife, Kayla, who works in the field of legal aid for African asylum seekers in Israel, and their dog, Silly Department.

Sadness Final!

Moriel is the author of the forthcoming novel, Sadness Is a White Bird (Atria Books / Simon & Schuster, February 2018).

His poem, ”Wetland,’ is forthcoming in The Common (spring 2018), and he is the recipient of a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellowship for Literature. His writings have been published in The New York Times, Haaretz, Sojourners Magazine, the Berkeley Journal of Sociology, Religion Dispatches Magazine, Middlebury Magazine, the Daily Beast, the Jewish Daily Forward, +972 Magazine and more.

Kingdom of Olives & Ash jacket

Moriel is the Associate Editor of the anthology Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation, (HarperCollins, 2017), edited by Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon.


He is currently training for his fourth ultramarathon, and has run a 61k, two 50ks, and one normal marathon (3:04). Moriel and Kayla’s dog, Silly Department, is also Moriel’s main running partner.

Below are Moriel’s poem, Jerusalem; and a video of a talk he gave at Kehilla Community Synagogue in 2014.

And here are Bob Dylan and Moriel**:

This is Bob Dylan and me


**It is worth noting that there are some well-researched theories that posit that Moriel doesn’t exist:

”…Under a byline from someone allegedly named Moriel Rothman-Zecker. Nobody knows this punk. I say alleged because as noted earlier, I suspect that [he is] probably Tom Friedman.”

-Jack Engelhard, Arutz Sheva: Israel National News.