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The forty-three poets in this collection, represented by ninety-
nine poems, are for the most part from Greece, Anatolia and the
Balkans. They range from the 11th to the 17th centuries. The
work supplements the editor’s previous anthology published in
L.J. Weinberger, ed.,
Bulgaria’s synagogue poets: the Kastoreans,
Cincinnati, Ohio, Hebrew Union College Press, 1983.
A critical edition of forty-eight poems by five Kastorean poets,
which supplements the editor’s previous anthology published in
D. Jarden, ed.,
Ben Mishlei
(The son of Proverbs), vol. 2 of
D i­
van Shemuel ha-Nagid,
Jerusalem, the author, 1982. Vol. 1,
(The son of Psalms), appeared in 1966.
Ha-yotzrot be-hithavutam ve-hitpathutam
yotzer, its emergence and development, Jerusalem, Magnes
Press, 1984).
An illuminating and comprehensive scholarly treatment of a
thousand years of the development of the Yotzer form, from its
beginnings in Byzantine Palestine (c. the 6th century) to its de­
cline in the European Jewish centers. Over two hundred unpub­
lished selections from the Cairo Genizah are employed by the au­
thor in this monumental work, the first of its kind in Hebrew.
A. Zemach and T. Rosen-Moked,
Yetsirah mehukhamah: iyyun be-
shirei Shemuel ha-Nagid
(Sophisticated writing: a study of Samuel
ha-Nagid’s poems, Jerusalem, Keter, 1983).
The authors analyze and explain seventeen poems by Samuel
ha-Nagid. Their book includes three short introductions which
treat various biographical, thematic and methodological aspects
of the poet’s work.
H. Zafrani,
Ha-shirah ha-ivrit be-Morocco
(Hebrew poetry in
Morocco, Jerusalem, Ben-Zvi Institute, (1984). Edited by Yosef
This survey of Hebrew poetry in Morocco during the last cen­
turies appeared previously in French and has been rendered into
Hebrew. A special appendix lists the printed and manuscript
works of Moroccan Jews that deal with Hebrew poetry.