David Lehman is an acclaimed poet, anthologist, cultural critic and the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry; and the author of seven books of poems, most recently When a Woman Loves a Man. He lives in New York City.
The Challenge of Shas
Shas is the movement which changed fundamentally the relationship between religion, ethnicity and politics by leading a religious and ethnic revival among Israel’s North African and Middle Eastern Jews. Led, astonishingly, by Sephardi Rabbis trained in ultra-Orthodox Ashkenazi yeshivas, it has brought about a mass religious and ethnic revival and shaken the political establishment, provoking hate, fear and undying loyalty in equal measure.
A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs
Author of A Fine Romance, cultural critic David Lehman, joined us at JBW 2010. He delved into the American songbook—the compendium of music written from the 1920s to the 1960s that includes Broadway hits, Hollywood musicals and Tin Pan Alley tunes -largely written by Jews.
Revealing the less than subtle Jewish subtext in shows such as Guys and Dolls, the cantorial melodies underpinning Gershwin’s tunes and even the removal of religion in songs such as White Christmas and Easter Par...