This book seeks to interpret the novel “Yaish” by Hayim Hazaz as a poetic, cultural and historiosophical phenomenon. The four volumes of this canonical novel were published in the 1940s and 1950s, and earned its author the first Israel Prize given in literature (1953). Hazaz (1898-1973), a novelist of modern Hebrew literature known for his writings on the Jewish shtetl in Eastern Europe and its destruction in the wake of the Communist Revolution, turned in this novel to writing about the Jewish community in Sanaa, Yemen in the late nineteenth century. The Yemenite community was viewed in Israeli culture (art, dance, music, etc.) as the paradigm of an ancient 'tribe', pure – before becoming “contaminated” metaphorically by European and non-Jewish values and attitudes. Thus Hazaz sets his testimony in “Yaish” to the late nineteenth century, before the Yemenite Jews came into contact with the Jews of Europe and a pro-western climate. In this novel he attempts to provide a colorful gallery of characters which together create a panoramic picture of Jewish society in exile, a sort of Yemenite Jewish comedy. Unlike the European Jewish experience, which ended in destruction and had to be rebuilt, the Yemenite experience of Yaish portrayed in the novel allows for survival of his Hebrew-Jewish identity in turbulent times.
Danacode:   110-20212 ISBN:  978-965-226-456-5 Language:   Hebrew Pages:   210 Weight:   650 gr Dimensions:  17X25 cm Publication Date:   05/2014 Publisher:   Bar-Ilan University Press
This work reveals the sources of modern Hebrew literature in Oriental Hebrew poetry, liturgy and Midrash and examines their influence on modern writing. The creative writer is presented both as an individual and as a member of a specific community.
In the late 1920s, Shoshana Shababo (1910-1982) published her first work. For various reasons this author did not receive recognition, although she was one of the first women writers to live and write in the renewed yishuv of Eretz Israel. Now, f
Articles on subjects of interest to Prof. Ratzaby in the fields of poetry and Piyyut, Yemenite Jewry, Sa'adia Gaon, Hebrew Language and Hebrew Literature. The book represents the latest discoveries by leading scholars in each of these areas and other subj