The spectacular fly in the ointment of the Andalusian-Jewish elite

 

 

It’s great to be living in a city whose streets are named for so many poets and writers, but who are these people and what exactly did they write?  In this segment we’ll learn about the main north-south street of Tel Aviv, Ibn Gavirol, and the brilliant Golden-Age poet described as “the spectacular fly in the ointment of the refined eleventh century Andalusian-Jewish elite.”

Book: “The Dream of the Poem. Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain 950-1492. Translated by Peter Cole.  Princeton University Press.
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8349.html

Song: Sha’ar Petach Dodi, written by Ibn Gavirol, performed by Berry Sakharof

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