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‘As An Ewe Before Her Shearers’: The Hebrew Elegies

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The qinot discussed in this chapter continue the poetic tradition of Andalusia with modifications made after the Expulsion from Spain. At the level of form the rhyme scheme of all the poems discussed here follow the general pattern of the muwashshah, one of the unique genres of Andalu-sian Arabic and Hebrew poetry. The subject of gender and polemics is interconnected with the Hebrew rabbinic traditions whose central concepts were organized around the dynamic of galut u-geUlah, which were expressed in both the prose genres of sermon, the ma'aseh, as well as in poetic works. While none of the texts discussed in this chapter mention any possible implications for girls' education that might result from the transformation of Sol into a learned Rabbi, the 19th century European Jewish traveler, J.J. Benjamin did.

Keywords: Andalusia; Hebrew poetry; Hebrew rabbinic traditions; J.J. Benjamin; ma'aseh; qinot



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