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The Megila of Itsik Manger, a Purimshpil in anticipation of Purim
Enjoy listing to a recording of The Megila of Itsik Manger, a Yiddish reworking of the Purim story by poet Itsik Manger.
From Wikipedia: “Unlike most other exiled Yiddish writers, Manger was able to achieve significant success in Israeli literary and theatrical circles. In 1965, Dov Seltzer directed a highly popular production of Manger’s Songs of the Megillah, breaking the Israeli taboo on Yiddish theatre. Songs of the Megillah was a great success, setting a new record in Israeli theatre with its more than 400 performances. Prominent members of Israeli society, including politicians Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, and Teddy Kollek, made highly publicized appearances at the performances. When he died in 1969, Manger was mourned as an Israeli national poet.”
This presentation is part of a free weekly series focusing on the Golden Age of Hazzanut (khazones) presented by the Cantors Assembly, usually Sundays at 5pm Pacific Time (THIS event is on a Wednesday).
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Image above is from a Folksbiene production.