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Sunday, March 19 • 15:00 - 15:45
The Dylans & Cohens of the Golden Age of Spain: Hebrew Poetry of 1001 Nights & Contemporary Israeli Music

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A thousand years ago, in the sunny medieval world of Muslim and Christian Spain, Hebrew culture produced the greatest body of Jewish poetry since the Bible. In a cosmopolitan Mediterranean world there flourished an urban Jewish society radically different from the shtetl culture of Eastern Europe.  In these multicultural warring Islamic and Christian kingdoms, influenced by Greek wisdom texts, Arabic love of poetry and Islamic reverence for the written word, Jewish doctors, merchants and army generals - including stars like Shmuel HaNagid, Ibn Gvirol and Yehuda HaLevi - composed Hebrew poetry of beauty, sensuality and pre-Shulkhan Aruch Judaism. Today in Israel, that poetry has been enthusiastically set to Israeli popular music.  An introduction to the Golden Age of Hebrew poetry in Spain of 1000 – 1200 AD, and a listen to contemporary Israeli renditions of that poetry, a millennium later.

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Benjamin Rubin

Benjamin Rubin is a Toronto lawyer by trade. Under his pen name, eBenBrandeis, he composes poetry, lyrics and YouTube video poems. He has edited and published a book of contemporary Jewish humour, translated from the Hebrew an autobiography of life in pre-war Pinsk, Poland, and was the creator of NewHouseOfIsrael.net, an online Zionist conceptual art project. Having lived in Israel for four years, he has maintained a special interest in Israeli... Read More →

Sunday March 19, 2017 15:00 - 15:45
L2 27th Floor