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The One who remembers those who remember Him - an elegy by R. Shimon Schwab [Heb.] ; הזוכר מזכיריו- קינתו של ר' שמעון שוואב
Straus Center Resident Scholar Rabbi Dov Lerner analyzes Rabbi Shimon Schwab's kinah for the Holocaust for Yeshivat Har Etzion's video series on kinnot.
The Art & Letters of Repentance — The Most Famous Artistic Image of Yom Kippur: Maurycy Gottlieb's Meditation on the Machzor and Mortality
Maurycy Gottlieb’s "Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur" has rightly been called one of the most famous Jewish artistic works, and the most well-known image of Jewish prayer. Yet even a cursory examination of the ...
The Art & Letters of Repentance: Shakespearean Shipwrecks, the Drama of Jonah, and Yom Kippur
The story of Jonah, runaway prophet and ambiguous penitent, has inspired some of the most compelling pieces of prose in the West—from Shakespeare’s Tempest to Melville’s Moby Dick. What is it about this sensational biblical ...
The Art & Letters of Repentance — Satanic Verses and the Sound of the Shofar: The Source of Evil in the Eyes of Milton & Rabbi Levi
Jewish tradition teaches that every single night we should identify Satan as an enemy and pray for his demise, and at the pinnacle of the New Year liturgy, we emit a surreptitious plea for his demolition. So we ask: Who ...
The Art & Letters of Repentance — Kol Nidrei in Culture, History, and Behavioral Economics
The haunting intonation of Kol Nidrei sets the tone for Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. The prayer is well known to Jews worldwide and is even familiar through popular culture. However, there is nothing ...
The Art & Letters of Repentance— Illuminating the Machzor: The Avot in Medieval Art
Jewish illuminated manuscripts are among the most treasured artifacts that have survived the trials of Jewish history and whose imagery provides a window into the Torah worldview of the Jews who commissioned them hundreds ...