'On the Slaughter'

Bialik Confronts God after Kishinev, 1903

in European Judaism
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Alexandra WrightRadlett & Bushey Reform Synagogue

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The supremacy of Chayyim Nachman Bialik’s poetry derives from the nature and life of the poet himself. Born into a very traditional, large and impoverished family, Bialik sought a more comprehensive and secular education outside the discipline of talmudic studies. He read Russian poetry and European literature and while still studying in a Lithuanian yeshiva, joined a secret orthodox Zionist student society, Netzach Yisrael. In 1891 he left Volozhin and went to Odessa, the centre of modern Jewish culture in Southern Russia and became part of a literary circle around Ahad Ha-am until his return to the family home where he found his grandfather and brother both dying.

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