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Mysticism & Poetry Book Talk: Readings from Embers of Pilgrimage

Hosted By: My Jewish Learning

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In this talk with My Jewish Learning, Professor Eitan Fishbane will explore the dynamic relationship between mysticism and poetry through his recently-released Embers of Pilgrimage: Poems (published by Panui Publications). We will combine the exploration of contemporary Jewish mystical poetry with discussion of a classic text from the Zohar (the masterpiece of Kabbalah, composed in medieval Spain), one that reveals the deeply poetic nature of Jewish mysticism in its most richly creative era.


Dr. Eitan Fishbane

Dr. Eitan Fishbane is Associate Professor of Jewish Thought at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), where he teaches courses on Jewish mysticism and spirituality to doctoral, masters, rabbinical, and undergraduate students. His most recent book is Embers of Pilgrimage: Poems (Panui Publications); previous books include The Art of Mystical Narrative: A Poetics of the Zohar (Oxford University Press, 2018) and As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist (Stanford University Press, 2009), among other works. Fishbane is the recipient of grants from The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the American Council of Learned Societies (the Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship). He received his Ph.D. and B.A., summa cum laude, from Brandeis University, and has served as a member of the Seminary faculty since 2006.
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