Gardens of the Golden Age: The Pleasures and Perils of Nature in Medieval Hebrew Literature

August 24, 2018 Lenox $25.00
(Photo: JurgaR/iStock)
(Photo: JurgaR/iStock)

For medieval Spanish Jewry, the garden was a place of tranquility, where members of elite society could enjoy each other’s company, drink wine, listen to music and recite poetry. For the philosophically-minded poet, the pleasures of the garden provide a moment for reflection on the brevity of life, yet for the religiously-minded poet, the garden is a lure that diverts people from serious activities to worldly pleasures. We will read and discuss selections of poetry (in English translation) that explore these complementary and conflicting values.

Sponsored by the Jewish Theological Seminary – JTS, as part of JTS Learning in Your Community—JTS in the Berkshires: Back to Nature. Led by Dr. Raymond Scheindlin, Professor Emeritus of Medieval Hebrew Literature.

For more information, contact Lynn Feinman at (212) 678-8821 or

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Friday, August 24, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Shakespeare & Company
70 Kemble St
Lenox, MA 01240
$25.00 Per session

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