From ancient times to contemporary Israel, the winds of history have stirred our people’s poets to song. Join Rabbi Tobin for all four sessions in this summer seminar by registering here -- or for one or more individual sessions -- as he examines this powerful outpouring of literary creation over the ages.
Sessions will take place on Thursday afternoons, July 9th, July 16th, July 23rd, & July 30th
JULY 9 - POETRY OF JERUSALEM UNDER FIRE Jerusalem of old: attacked 52 times, besieged 23 times, and destroyed twice. Her anguish was preserved in unforgettable lyrics—a fitting start to the three weeks leading up to Tisha B’Av..
JULY 16- WINE, WOMEN, AND SONG IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF SPAIN. Visit a time when a rabbi could be a general, a philosopher, a poet and a palace courtier. We’ll meet Solomon ibn Gabirol, the greatest Hebrew poet of his age.
JULY 23- ISRAEL'S POETS: CRAFTING A NATIONAL LITERATURE. From the first pioneer generation, Israel’s poets have grappled with themes that make their national literature distinctive: land and faith, peace and war, dreams and crushing irony.
JULY 30 (9 Av)- KINNOT, LAMENT, AND PRAYER. How does poetry become sacred? How does sacred verse keep painful history alive? Two questions to contemplate, as we chant Eikha.