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The Match of Hannah Senesh and the Candle of Yom Kippur

Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)

At the end of Yom Kippur, Jews around the world engage in a ritual unparalleled throughout the year: blessing a flame that has stayed lit for the entire holiday.

Join renowned writer and scholar Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik for a new understanding of this ancient rite through one of the most beloved modern Jewish verses about light and flame: Hannah Senesh’s poem “Blessed is the Match.”

Part of the NLI USA Signature Speakers Series

Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik will use Senesh’s poetry to illuminate the candle traditions of Yom Kippur and offer a new understanding of this ancient rite through the prism of Senesh’s writings.

In conversation with Dr. Raquel Ukeles, Head of Collections at the National Library of Israel, who will also provide an overview of the NLI’s Hannah Senesh Archival Collection.

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Meir Soloveichik

Meir Soloveichik is the rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel—the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York, and is the Director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Dr. Soloveichik has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, and Israel on topics relating to Jewish theology, bioethics, wartime ethics, and Jewish-Christian relations. His writings have been widely published, including in the Wall Street Journal and Commentary.
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The National Library of Israel (NLI)

The National Library of Israel serves as the dynamic institution of collective memory for the Jewish people worldwide and Israelis of all backgrounds and faiths – past, present and future. Through its world-class collections and a range of innovative digital, educational and cultural initiatives, the National Library works to share the stories of the Jewish people, the State of Israel, the Land of Israel and its region.
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