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Hayyim Nahman Bialik, Israel's National Poet: His Words and Influence
Sponsor Congregation Kol Ami
Type of Event Education
Description Continuing Adult Education with Rabbi Elliot Holin

Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
March 4, 11, 18 & 25 (4 Sessions)

Bialik (1873-1934) was born in Ukraine and studied at the renowned Volozhin Yeshivah in Lithuania. His poem “Should You Wish to Know the Source” is fulsome praise for the synagogue as a house of prayer, study, and the embodiment of mitzvot. “Sabbath Queen” is a beautiful description of the gifts that the day of rest bestows on everyone who tastes its splendor. Bialik eventually left the yeshivah to join the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment) movement.

In 1903, his epic poem “In the City of Slaughter” was a scream of anguish following the brutality of the Kishinev pogroms, precursor to the flames of the Holocaust that would be kindled 30 years later.

His poems urged a reawakening of the Jewish People in the face of anti-Semitism and in the name of national identity (Zionism) as well as poems that speak about intimate relationships found in love and friendship. We will read and discuss each of the poems noted above and many others.

RSVP to the synagogue office byMarch 1.
Date/Dates March 04 2014 - March 25 2014
Times 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost Free for Members. $50 for non-members
Street Address 8201 High School Road Google Map
Location Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
Contact Information
Contact Name Elaine Stevens
Phone Number 215-635-3110
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Audience Adult Children of Interfaith Relationships, College Students, Gay/Lesbian, Grandparents, Men, People of All Faiths, Women
People who are interested in Israel