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Sunday, February 1 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Yedid Nefesh: What Are We Singing?
Rabbi Eliezer Azkiri's 16th century mystical poem Yedid Nefesh is sung in synagogues around the world, both on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, yet few of us consider its meaning when we sing it. Heavily informed by the Song of Songs, it employs deeply intimate and anthropomorphic language in its expression of religious devotion. How did this semi-erotic poem come to be part of our synagogue services, and what does it mean when we read it today? Given its history of censorship and textual corruption, are we even reading what Rabbi Azkiri wrote?
Note that this session is expected to run for 75 minutes. 

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Lawrence Szenes-Strauss

Lawrence Szenes-Strauss was born and raised in New York City. He earned his Master of Sacred Music and Diploma of Hazzan from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he was a two-time recipient of both the Cantors Assembly Hazzanut Study Award and the Cantors Assembly Richard... Read More →

Sunday February 1, 2015 2:15pm - 3:30pm PST
Room 2 Eric Hamber Secondary School