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Multilingual Jewish Prayer Throughout History: Performance and Analysis

Hosted By: HUC-JIR Jewish Language Project

Following last year’s popular performance/lecture series by Asher Shasho Levy, the Jewish Language Project presents a panel of scholars and musicians discussing and performing Jewish prayer in many languages. Which communities and which individuals recited prayers and other sacred music in languages other than Hebrew? Were these translations of traditional prayers or original compositions? What is the historical process for vernacular prayers becoming sacralized and part of the liturgical canon? What do the rabbis have to say about prayers in the vernacular? The conversation will be moderated by linguist Sarah Bunin Benor and musicologist Mark Kligman. Panelists include:
– Musician/researcher Asher Shasho Levy: Contemporary Ladino and Judeo-Arabic
– Anthropologist/musician Galeet Dardashti: Modern Persian and Moroccan Arabic
– Liturgy scholar Ruth Langer: Ancient Judeo-Aramaic
– Linguist Michael Ryzhik: Renaissance Judeo-Italian
– Linguist Ora Schwarzwald: Early Modern and Modern Judeo-Spanish

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