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Passover 2020

No Rest for the Weary? Ambiguity in Yehudah Halevi’s “Yom Shabbaton”

Yaakov Jaffe analyzes the multiple meanings of a medieval Jewish poem and popular Shabbat table song.

Ode to a Nightingale

A passionate sonnet by Yocheved Friedman in memory of the Rav, zt'l.

What Did the Heavenly Ministers Do?

Zohar Atkins offers poetic reflections on Tisha be-Av on high.

The Poetry of the Land

With masterful translation, Tzvi Novick offers a glimpse of Israeli culture to our English readers.

Three Sonnets

Jeffrey Burghauser's three poems draw on the biblical and rabbinic imagination.

Halakhic Poet? Translating the Rav for a Generation that ‘Knew not Joseph’

Aryeh Klapper with some new translation-stylings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik's Halakhic Man.

Two Pieces on Terumah

The poetry of the Mishkan: Abe Mezrich mines Parshat Terumah for its poetic potential.

A Night of Watching in the House of the Rav

Bezalel Naor translates and contextualizes a poem by Pinchas Peli about the home of Rav Kook.

Conjoined Twins

A poetic offering from Yehoshua November in advance of parashat Toledot

The Joiner

Ezra Olman's short story debut at Lehrhaus

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