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Avi Avi

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

(; My Father, My Father), a Sephardi qinah recited on 9 Av, the occasion commemorating the destruction of the First Temple in 586 bce and the Second Temple in 70 ...

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Jewish liturgical poetry

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

In Byzantine Palestine, synagogue cantors introduced religious poems (piyyutim), written by Hebrew poets (paytanim), into the services. These poems commented on biblical readings or...

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Mourning

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

In keeping with the basic ethos of Islam, death is viewed as a release, not necessarily something to be lamented. The afterlife is where the soul meets its ultimate destiny in the mercy of...

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Piyyut

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

(perhaps from Gk., poiētēs).

A Jewish poem intended to embellish community or private prayer. Originally piyyutim (pl.) were composed as substitutes for the established liturgy....

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Tishʿah Be-’av

Overview page. Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

( 9 Av), day of mourning in commemoration of the destruction of the two Temples; the culmination of the semi-mourning periods of the Three Weeks and the Nine Days (see ...

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