Piyyut and Pesah: Poetry and Passover

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Bubbes Bookshelf, Oct 25, 2013 - History - 90 pages

Piyyut and Pesah: Poetry and Passover is an examination of Passover laws found in medieval Hebrew liturgical poetry. While Hebrew liturgical poetry ("Piyyut") serves a variety of functions as a linguistic art form, the genre is not usually thought of as a vehicle for disseminating law ("Halakha"). 

 This study examines five piyyutim, each from a different locale, which contain laws relating to Passover. It compares and contrasts the laws found in each piece and notes that they differ from each other and, in several cases, from normative Halakha. It suggests that such variants are traceable to certain economic, sociological, legal, or other factors unique to a particular time and place and attempts to identify some of those factors. 



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About the author (2013)

Steven M. Glazer holds a B.S. from Columbia University,  and a B.H.L. and M.H.L. from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was ordained in 1970.  He received a D.H.L. from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion; and, in 1996 he was awarded an honorary D. D. from the Seminary.

During more than forty years in the pulpit rabbinate, he has served congregations in Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Birmingham, Alabama; Paterson, New Jersey; and Herndon, Virginia.

He has a taught at many colleges and universities including the Jewish Theological Seminary,  George Mason and Baltimore Hebrew Universities, and the Smithsonian Institution's Resident Associates Program. He has also served as Visiting Scholar at Harvard Divinity School and the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and currently teaches at George Washington University.

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