3,000 Years of Hebrew Poetry

It is fair to say that Hebrew poetry is unique among the world’s literary traditions, for it covers 3,000 years, and is as alive today as in ancient Israel.

From the earliest psalms, through medieval forms and up to modern free verse, Jewish poets have adapted Hebrew to match the aesthetics of each era, always mingling ancient references into contemporary content. The poems give us a wonderful context in which to appreciate the remarkable longevity and creativity of the Hebrew language and of the Jewish People. We will sample, explore, and analyze Hebrew poetry from every era.

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