The original title of Adjusting Sights, Tiyum Kavanot, refers to the adjustment of the gun sight of a tank, the optical device that brings the necessary coordinates into focus. But the word kavanot also means the spiritual intentions one has when praying, making the title a double meaning.
Haim Sabato used the writing to bring together all the coordinates of his life, juxtaposing the frenzy of war and the pain of friends killed with repeated reference to prayers and Talmudic passages.
Growing up in one of Jerusalemòs immigrant neighborhoods, each day he crossed the fields to school with his friend Dov, a Romanian immigrant. And it is with Dov that he sets out to war. Soldiers in the same unit, they lose track of one another when their tanks are separated in the confusion of battle. Only slowly, from battle reports he hears, does Haim piece together what happened to his friend.
Translated by Hillel Halkin