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Poetry, Music, and Ritual Performance From Renaissance Italy to Contemporary Israel

Francesco Spagnolo Mondays 2-4 p.m. 4 Units

Jewish Nightlife:
Music 139

Includes weekly workshops with Israeli Artist, Yair Harel - Schusterman Artist in Residence Fulfills the Arts & Literature and the International Studies Breadth Requirements Course can be used toward completing the Jewish Studies Minor and Religious Studies Major/Minor

This course explores the inter-relations between the ritual performance of Jewish texts and social change across Jewish history, and focuses on three related topics: the rise of Kabbalistic nocturnal rituals in the Italian ghettos in early-modern period; the performance of Hebrew poetry in North Africa and the middle East in the modern era; and the renaissance of piyyut (Hebrew liturgical poetry) in Israel from the 1970s to the present, from the singing of bakkashot among Syrian and Moroccan Israelis to the current transcultural activities of online and participatory communities. More at: