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From 'Sefer Ha-Aggada' to the Jewish Bookcase:

The Aggadic Anthology and Its Place in the Configuration of Judaism in Modern Hebrew Culture

A Workshop for Faculty and Graduate Students by

Tsefi Sebba

Friday, February 15, 2013
12 noon
Ballantine Hall 004

The manifest popularity of H.N. Bialik & Y.H. Ravnitzky's Sefer Ha'aggadah (The Book of Legends, 1908-1911) over many years, its influence on the educational curriculum in the yishuv and later in the State of Israel and the various languages into which it is translated bear witness to the formative role it had in the construction of Modern Hebrew culture. Bialik and Ravnitzky’s success, as I would like to show, was achieved through the employment of novel criteria in editing and formulating this collection than those used in previous anthologies. These innovations reflect not only the result but also the dynamics of cultural change and might shed more light on the affinity between genre and ideology.