Poetry of Jerusalem Under Fire


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How do poets put words to overwhelming tragedy? Join Rabbi Tobin's first Summer Seminar, as he examines the poetic response to Jerusalem's destruction.

Attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times, besieged 23 times, and destroyed twice, Jerusalem is an enduring an emblem of faith and resilience. Yet, the poetry that evokes its suffering in times of destruction is gut-wrenching, and can bring us to tears. As we begin the three weeks leading to Tisha B'Av, we will study the poetry of witness from both ancient times and during the Crusades. What effect does the heightened poetic language have on our understanding of events? Would straight narrative report have had the same effect?

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