• June 25, 2019
  • 22 5779, Sivan
  • פרשת קורח

S.Y. Agnon and Rebbe Nachman

S.Y. Agnon and Rebbe Nachman

Join Rabbi Jeffrey Saks to explore the connection between the Nobel laureate and Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

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June 30, 2019
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Sun 4:00 pm
June 16, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
S.Y. Agnon and Rebbe Nachman: S.Y. Agnon and Rebbe Nachman Event
Class description

In this introduction to our 3-part series we will gain an overview to hasidic tales, Breslov mysticism and surrealism, the origins of modern Jewish storytelling, Rebbe Nachman, S.Y. Agnon (and a bit of Kafka). In what way did Rebbe Nachman of Breslov serve as an influence on Hebrew literature’s only Nobel laureate?

For those interested in background reading to Rebbe Nachman’s life I recommend Arnold Band’s biographical sketch at the front of his edition of “Nahman of Breslov: The Tales” (1978).

June 23, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
S.Y. Agnon and Rebbe Nachman: S.Y. Agnon and Rebbe Nachman Event
Class description

We will explore the connections between Rebbe Nachman’s short tale “The Rabbi’s Only Son” (Tale #8) available here in Hebrew and English and here in Yiddish — and Agnon’s novella “HaNidach” (in Elu veElu) available in English as “The Outcast” in the anthology of stories by the same name. Read a sample of the opening section of the “Outcast” here.

Feel free to contact me directly at jeffreysaks@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

For info on the July 24-31 tour of Lithuania and Latvia visit https://agnonhouse.org.il/LITA2019/ — last 2 spots still available!

June 30, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
S.Y. Agnon and Rebbe Nachman: S.Y. Agnon and Rebbe Nachman Event
Class description

To conclude our series we’ll discuss Agnon’s surrealistic tales in Sefer HaMa’asim (the so-called “Kafkaesque” stories, perhaps better described as “Nachmanesque”), and focus on his short story “The Song Which Was Sung” (read it here). The story appears in Hebrew as “HaShir Asher Hushar” (in Samukh veNireh) — contact me if you’d like a copy.

The main Breslov intertexts are Likkutei Moharan I 64:5 and Likkutei Moharan II 119.

Jeffrey Saks (jeffreysaks@gmail.com)

Rabbi Jeffrey Saks is the founding director of ATID – The Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions in Jewish Education, in Jerusalem, and its WebYeshiva.org program. He is the Editor of the journal Tradition, Series Editor of The S.Y. Agnon Library at The Toby Press, and Director of Research at the Agnon House in Jerusalem. He was formerly on the faculties of the YU High School for Girls in New York, and in Israel at Yeshivat Hamivtar, Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim, Machon Gold, and currently teaches at Midreshet Amudim. A three-time graduate of Yeshiva University (BA, MA, Semicha), Rabbi Saks has published widely on Jewish thought, education, and literature (see www.webyeshiva.org/rabbisaks).