Sarcophagus fragment
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Fragment of a marble Sarcophagus
ca. 230-240 ACE
Duke Museum of Art

Papers Published

  1. Lieber, LS. ""On This Day, We Are Perfect": Embodiment in Yannai's Yom Kippur Qerova." Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy  vol. 30 no. 1,   37-69. [doi]

    This article analyzes two poetic units within a much longer composition (translated in full here) composed by Yannai (6th c. CE, Galilee) for recitation on Yom Kippur. Specifically, it offers readings of Unit 8, which prefaces the third blessing of the Amidah (the Qedushah), and Unit 15, which concludes the work. Both units dwell on the physical experience of Yom Kippur and the ways in which ritual affects the body, permitting us to consider the role of "kinesthetic theology"(borrowing Kathryn Reklis' coinage) - i.e., how physical expression and embodied experiences not only reflect but shape belief - in the composition.