Item: The Pulpit and the Stage: Rabbi Joseph Silverman and the Actors' Church Alliance
|Title: ||The Pulpit and the Stage: Rabbi Joseph Silverman and the Actors' Church Alliance|
|Authors: ||Edna Nashon|
|Issue Date: ||25-Nov-2006 |
|Description: ||"The interrelations between pulpit and stage constitute a curious lacuna in the historiography of the modern Jewish theater. Though surveys of Jewish theater customarily open with a citation of the biblical caution to avoid "the seat of the scornful" (Ps. 1 :1 ) and stern Talmudic injunctions against theater attendance, the absence of a historical examination of rabbinic views of the stage, especially in the modern era, has endowed the ancient rebukes with an essentialist and ahistorical quality.1 This aura of immutability has discouraged further investigation by contemporary scholars of Jewish theater, who are mostly secular and not well versed in traditional Jewish sources. Moreover, their knowledge of theater history is grounded in the European and mostly Anglo-American narrative, one that encompasses the traditional hostility of Christian Puritanism toward the stage, culminating after 1642 with the closing of English public theaters by an act of Parliament and the designation of actors as rogues and vagabonds. Consequently, there is no study devoted to the intricate and shifting interconnectedness between these two spheres of Jewish culture. Needless to say, scant attention, if any, has been given to the question of a possible distinction in rabbinic thought regarding Jewish participation in and patronage of Gentile theatrical activities in contrast to the authentically Jewish venues offered by the modern Yiddish and Hebrew stages. Overall, the hum and buzz of [End Page 5] implication is that the two disciplines stand apart, separated by a fundamental schism and mutual animosity."|
|Appears in Collections:||The Dybbuk|
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