Aaron Zeitlin’s Mystical-Messianic Poetics
This study presents annotated translations and analyses of Aaron Zeitlin's (1898-1973) “neo-kabbalistic” Yiddish poems written during the 1920s in Warsaw. Fusing deep zoharic knowledge with Yiddish avant-garde/modernist poetic form, Zeitlin's “cosmic poetry” represents a unique moment both in the history of Kabbalah and in the history of Yiddish literature. Metatron (a book length poem), Keter, and Yosef della Reina reveal a deep mythopoetic imagination writing at the intersection of messianism and mysticism. With a Yiddish foreword by Yitskhok Niborski.
Nathan Wolski is the Liberman Family Lecturer in Jewish Studies with the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University, Australia. He is the author of A Journey into the Zohar: An Introduction to the Book of Radiance (2010), the translator of The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volume Ten (2016), and with Joel Hecker, The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Volume 12 (2017). He has written numerous studies on diverse aspects of the Zohar, and translated Melila Hellner-Eshed’s book, A River Flows from Eden: The Language of Mystical Experience in the Zohar (2009).