• January 27, 2020
  • 1 5780, Sh'vat
  • פרשת בא

Agnon's "Guest for the Night" on the "Days of Awe"


This month marks the 80th anniversary of S.Y. Agnon’s “A Guest for the Night” — singled out by the Nobel Committee as his “greatest achievement.” How does this nostalgic homecoming tale of the Jewish life in Europe on the eve of destruction shed light on the Days of Awe (and that work of the same name by Agnon)? Join R. Jeffrey Saks for a lecture on these topics as we prepare for Rosh Hashana.

September 15, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Agnon's "Guest for the Night" on the "Days of Awe": Agnon’s “Guest for the Night” on the “Days of Awe” Event
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The discussion will explore the representation of Yom Kippur in Agnon’s masterpiece A Guest for the Night — marking its 80th publication anniversary this month. Read chapters 2-5 in link below.

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. 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).