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Midrash Agnon: Stories of the Land of Israel

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Midrash Agnon: Stories of the Land of Israel

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Course Description

3-part lecture series on S.Y. Agnon’s stories of Eretz Yisrael. “And in came Rabbi Shmuel Yosef, the son of Rabbi Shalom Mordechai haLevi of blessed memory, who was versed in the legends of the Land of Israel, those legends in which the name of the Holy One, blessed be he, is hallowed; and when he commenced lauding the Land, people could see as it were the name of the living God engraved on the tip of his tongue.” —In the Heart of the Seas


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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 14, 2017 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Lag BaOmer

The legends of Lag BaOmer loom large in Agnon's writing and in his pseudo-autobiography. What role does the mystical holiday play in his stories and in his imagination? How does it connect to his portrayed vision of the Land of Israel?

For our first session -- on Lag BaOmer -- you can start by reading the short story "To the Galilee" -- available on the Tablet website (in Hebrew as "HaGalilah"; email me if you want a copy).

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May 21, 2017 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Jerusalem of Agnon and Amichai

To mark Yom Yerushalayim and the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem we will discuss the role the city plays in the prose of Agnon and the poetry of Yehuda Amichai -- and explore points of contact between them.

For the newest collection of Amichai's work in English click here. You can sample some of Amichai's poetry in translation here.

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May 28, 2017 7:00PM - 8:00PM

For our final session we will read Agnon's "signature story" and his debut Hebrew publication upon arriving in Eretz Yisrael - "Agunot".

Please let me know if you'd like the Hebrew version.

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