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A Saintly Fool versus A Foolish Saint (Leib Peretz vs. Isaac Bashevis Singer) – with Guest Speaker: Bonita Posen

12/18 - 19:30

₪40.00 – ₪60.00

A Saintly Fool versus A Foolish Saint:   Bontshe the Silent by Leib Peretz  versus Gimpel the Fool by Isaac Bashevis Singer and other tales.

Guest Speaker: Bonita Posen

19:30 Monday 18 December

Live at Netanya AACI and on Zoom

A saint is a saint is a saint, or is it? Saintly acts can be interpreted as madness or heroism, or both and these two Yiddish writers give us a twist on both aspects. Both writers were deeply embedded in their Jewish communities  and cast an ironic eye over them but Singer escaped Eastern Europe for the United States and wrote about  the small, packed insular communities that he had grown up in from afar as well as writing about the often forlorn figures who had escaped from Europe to America with whom he engaged on a daily basis.

Peretz was more embedded in Europe , never leaving it and with a keen and unflinching view of Jewish communal shortcomings that centred on inter communal rivalries and the  frequent failure of wealthy members of  Jewish communities to exert their influence  benevolentlyand justly.

 Both these tales derive from the communities in Europe and both sharply satirise foolish, forsaken characters but one of these characters rises to the occasion and tosses off those who attempted to brand him merely a fool.


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Non-members NIS 60


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28 Shmuel Hanatziv
Netanya, Israel 4228132 Israel