This six session (1/2 semester) seminar will explore the background and overall message of some of the Piyyutim known as Zemirot. These table songs have enriched the Shabbat experience of Jews throughout the world and continue to be the basis for musical creativity today. We will engage in literary and rhetorical analysis of the texts including attention to the value-concepts which are explicitly mentioned or embedded in them. Sessions will be conducted with the assumption that assigned readings have been completed in advance.

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Cantorial: ALEPH Required
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