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Midrash Agnon: Out of the Historic Catastrophe (May 15, 22, 29)

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Midrash Agnon: Out of the Historic Catastrophe (May 15, 22, 29)


Sunday 7:30PM
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Course Description

As we head into the 50th anniversary of Agnon’s receiving the Nobel Prize, we will explore the themes he struck in his famous speech in Stockholm, working back to see how they reflected themes in his writings. Each week a different theme will be examined through the prism of a single short story.


The cost of the course is $20.


About Rabbi Jeffrey Saks
Rabbi Jeffrey Saks is the founding Director of ATID - The Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions in Jewish Education, in Jerusalem. An editorial board member of the journal Tradition, Rabbi Saks authored Spiritualizing Halakhic Education (Mandel Foundation) and edited Wisdom From All My Teachers: Challenges and Initiatives in Contemporary Torah Education (Urim). He is a graduate of Yeshiva University (BA, MA, Smicha) and participated in the Jerusalem Fellows program for senior Jewish educators at the Mandel Institute. He has taught at the Yeshiva University High School for Girls and Yeshivat Hamivtar.


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May 15, 2016 7:30PM - 8:30PM
Out of the Historic Catastrophe...

As we mark the 50th anniversary of Hebrew literature's only Nobel prize, we will explore what it meant for Jewish and Israeli culture when Agnon went to Stockholm in 1966, and what the enduring legacy of his writing is today.

For our first session we will look at his famous speech before the King of Sweden, which declared that despite having been born in one of the cities of the exile, he always imagined himself to have been born in Jerusalem - a theme that resonated in his writing throughout his long career.

 

MY SINCERE APOLOGIES FOR THE TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES THAT PREVENTED THE CLASS FROM BEING BROADCAST. CLICK BELOW FOR AUDIO RECORDING AND SLIDESHOW OF IMAGES AND TEXTS (IT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS WHERE TO PAGE THROUGH ON THE FILE TO SEE MATERIAL THAT CORRESPONDS WITH THE RECORDING).

 
pdfYehudah Amichai on Agnon's Prize
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May 22, 2016 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Agnon's Influences

In the Nobel speech (which you can re-read here) Agnon described the variety of influences that acted upon his writing. We will explore them through the prism of his magnum opus Only Yesterday (in Hebrew as Tmol Shilshom).

Attached are selections from Only Yesterday, Book II, chapters 14-15, 24 (please let me know if you'd like the Hebrew text).

On the presumption that you will not be able to (re-)read the whole novel before our session, you might watch this archived class: https://youtu.be/q3IgxzNQDE4

 
pdfOnly Yesterday - Selections
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May 29, 2016 7:30PM - 9:00PM
A Prize for Hebrew

The 1966 Nobel to Agnon was widely viewed as a prize to the Hebrew language itself (one that has yet to be repeated). On what it means to "revive" a language - and the manner in which that should be undertaken in order to create an "old-new" literature - was something which greatly occupied Agnon in life as well as in his writing, and is the subject of his 1937 story "The Sense of Smell" (in Hebrew as "Chush HaRe'ach" in Elu veElu). 

 

 
pdfThe Sense of Smell
pdfScholem to Rozensweig
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