The Protest Literature of Mizrahi Writers

By :  Beverly Bailis (KGS ’12), Director of Academic Planning and Assistant Professor of Jewish Literature, JTS Posted On Aug 8, 2022 / 5782 | Monday Webinar Stories and Storytelling | Israel

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With Dr. Beverly Bailis, Adjunct Associate Professor of Jewish Literature  

Dr. Bailis discusses protest literature written by different generations of Mizrahi writers and examine how these literary works give voice to these writers’ experience in Israeli society, from the Great Immigration in the 1950s to today. In particular, considering how the stories these writers tell engage with the past and traditional Jewish texts, while also looking transnationally to the stories of other cultures and communities, including Palestinians and African Americans, to articulate the complexity of Mizrahi identity in the current historical moment. Writers under discussion will include Ronny Someck, Almog Behar, and Adi Keissar. 

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Join JTS scholars to explore a selection of stories drawn from across ancient, rabbinic, medieval, and modern Jewish literature. We will consider the power of shared stories, the unique ways in which they transmit values, norms, culture, and information, and how they can bring Jews together across time and space.  

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