Scanning Jewish history, Rabbi Robert Tobin's second summer seminar reminds us -- it was not all bad. In the Golden Age of Medieval Spain . .
a rabbi could be a general, a philosopher, a poet, and a wily palace courtier, all at the same time. This was the resume of Solomon ibn Gabirol, whose intimate, joyous, and loving poems made him the greatest poet of his age. We'll read his poetry, and that of a few of his peers, to get a taste of good times that did not last.
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