Jesse Monteagudo

Cong. Etz Chaim presents 'Surprises from Hebrew's Golden Age'

Filed By Jesse Monteagudo | November 09, 2009 10:00 AM | comments

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Congregation Etz Chaim, Wilton Manors' Reform synagogue, presents "Love! Humor! Chivalry! Surprises from Hebrew's Golden Age" on Wednesday, November 18, at 8 p.m. Dr. Murray H. Lichtenstein, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Classical and Oriental Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York, will rediscover unsuspected treasures from a bygone age.

The Hebrew literature composed in medieval Spain under Moslem rule is rich, varied, and indeed full of surprises. Hebrew poets of the Middle Ages sang lavishly and sensually of love, its agony, and its ecstasy. There are also plenty of comic takes on the timeless battle of the sexes, in which men and women lampoon the foibles of the opposite gender. We will enjoy the work of Jews, especially those who lived in Spain and Italy, who composed highly creative Hebrew versions of the great works being written in the world around them: clever fables in the tradition of Aesop, heroic tales of Alexander the Great, adventures of the knights of King Arthur's court, and more.

"Love! Humor! Chivalry!" will be given at Congregation Etz Chaim, 1881 N.E. 26 Street, in Wilton Manors. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. For more information phone (954) 564-9232.

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