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Piyyut As Poetics, The Example Of Yannai’s Qedushta For Deut. 6:4

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It is most conspicuous in the first section of the Qedushta composition, which contains three individual poetic units in accordance with the liturgical parts of the Qedushah prayer. In the very first poem of the present Qedushta, Yannai focuses on three central conceptions-listening, oneness, and love-the last of which he continues in the second poem with an exclusive focus on the theme of love between God and his people. The episode of the Sinai clearly centers on the ear, and Israel's creed focuses on listening and hearing. The second section of the work is dedicated to the second day, on which the firmament, the angels, and hell are created, in accordance with rabbinic sources. There is hope for salvation, the establishment and recognition of a constitutional state in which free individuals can welcome Israel as brothers. Because in such a state, Israel's liturgical poetry also becomes the poetry of humankind.

Keywords: angels; hell; Israel; liturgical; Piyyut; Qedushah ; Qedushta; rabbinic; Sinai; Yannai



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