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Laura Suzanne Lieber

more diffuse, societally determined elements. These poems about death and dying tell us about life and the living. jpa funerary poems reveal, implicitly and explicitly, a great deal about how death was ritualized in Jewish late antiquity, and they complicate the much more extensive material

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Alex Kerner

of Hebrew, imparting to them at least enough tools to be able to actively participate in the ritual in the synagogue. A more profound study of the language was reserved for those among the youngsters chosen to develop a religious scholarly life. Aboab wrote in the 1750s, long after the communities

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Marvin J. Heller

head of the mesivta of the holy congregation of royal Prague. With his very soul and wealth he sought to bring merit to Israel, old and young, to instruct them in the way of life and ethical instruction, [in order] that they should enter into the covenant of the Oral Law, which will be for them a

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Uriah Kfir

, and literal rather than midrashic use of biblical expressions. What motivated Ibn Ezra to condemn Qilir? Why would he bother with the work of a long-gone poet, five centuries his senior? Yahalom notes the importance of context in understanding Ibn Ezra’s criticism: “It is important to realize that

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Nathaniel Berman

, as I have noted, one Zoharic text tells us that there is a bad, “left” form, a form which “is death to the world,” and a good, “right,” form, a ḥivya of “life” – both of which always accompany every human being and who thus seem, in this text, to be more like shedim, the demonic spirits who

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Perla Sneh

for the Polish socialist press. My Polish friends called me Sever, a diminutive of Stanisław. By calling me by a Polish name rather than a Jewish one, they avoided offending me. 20 When World War ii broke out, Simja returned from Warsaw, where he had been living, to Puławy, where he stayed with

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Javier Sinay

My grandmother Mañe had in her living a small bookcase with books in two rows, one behind the other. The books were in no particular order. I remember that the front row featured a blue volume on Operation Entebbe, during which the Israeli army rescued some hundred hostages from the airport in

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Avner Falk

their everyday life. Shortly before the Hebrew date of his son’s thirty-fifth birthday, which fell on September 14, Agnon wrote Hemdat a long, loving, paternal letter, not forgetting however, to complain at length about his own state of ill health. The implication was that he would not live very long

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Rosa Perelmuter

piece, “Maceo,” 10 a paean to the beloved Black national hero of the Cuban Independence movement, soon took on a life of its own. Just two years after its original appearance, Cuban poet Andrés de Piedra-Bueno published a Spanish version of Aronowsky’s “Maceo,” which was based on a literal translation

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Alex Ramon

The years since Mordecai Richler’s death have witnessed the appearance of numerous biographical portraits of one of the most divisive and controversial figures in Canadian literature. Michael Posner’s oral biography The Last Honest Man (2005), Ada Craniford’s study Mordecai Richler: A Life in