Midrash Agnon: A Simple Story (Feb 12, 19, March 5)
Sunday March 5, 2017
The class will begin in:
12 days, 18 hours, 6 minutes
Instructor: Rabbi Jeffrey Saks
Class Resources & Information
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|February 12, 2017 7:00PM - 8:30PM|
Complexly Simple or Simply Complex?
While it is hoped that you will get the book and read the whole story, attached are chaps. 1-5 to get you started. If you are able to read in advance of the first session all the better!
|February 19, 2017 7:00PM - 8:30PM|
Descent to Madness
For our second session we will look at Hirshl's love-sick descent into madness and the unconventional treatment he receives at the sanatorium of Dr. Langsam. If you haven't finished the whole book yet, please concentrate on chapters 21-29 (to purchase the book: Amazon - Toby Press - Hebrew).
Attached are some "Tales of Madness" -- sources from Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, a very important influence on Agnon, and items with resonances in our novel. Another great Rebbe seems to have also been interpreting Rebbe Nachman here (click).
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|March 5, 2017 7:00PM - 8:30PM|
And They Lived Happily Ever After?
For our final session on A Simple Story in two weeks (Sun, March 5) please finish your reading of the novel, focusing on the final chapters 30-37. I would be glad to get your reaction to the very "indeterminate" ending. We never learn what happens to Blume -- but what do you think Hirshl and Mina's life together looks like after "The End"? I would also encourage you to read my Foreword and Halkin's Afterword.