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May 7 , 7:30 pm
Following the break-out success of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, nominated for four Lucille Lortel Awards, The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) will present a dramatic reading of H. Leivick’s 1921 retelling of The Golem, the classic story of the Golem of Prague, which delves in the world of mysticism as a meditation on the effect of violence on the Jewish soul. Tickets are free at www.nytf.org.
The reading is the first in NYTF’s season of “Spiritual Resistance,” which will feature artistic and theatrical works that explore themes of struggle against oppression. The programming will provide artistic expression concurrent to the exhibition Auschwitz: Not long ago. Not far away. being presented at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
Leivick’s The Golem is among the most important works of Yiddish theatre, tracing the roots of anti-Semitism and the blood libel that has been the pretext for anti-Semitism for centuries. Set in seventeenth-century Prague just before Passover, The Golem tells the story of a Jewish community that has experienced pogroms at the hands of Christians during their holy season. The legendary wonder-working Rabbi, known as the Maharel, creates a Golem to protect the Jewish community from further persecution. But the Golem’s innate violence turns against the community, Jews and gentiles alike, and the creature must be destroyed.
The performance will be in Yiddish, with English subtitles.