I cherished Irving as a generous friend and mentor. We shared a passion for literature, democratic socialism, and Jewish identity, making him irreplaceable in my life. (The one thing he didn’t share, or even comprehend, was my interest in tennis.) I will treasure the personal anecdotes, even as I am forever thankful for his writings and his example as a public and political figure of profound integrity.
I remember a meeting with Irving in 1981, when I returned from my first trip to Israel, consumed by guilt for not making aliyah and yearning for a Jewish American identity that would embrace something...
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