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Placed: 26.04.2013 10:56:07

«Hayim Bialik: The Way of the Poet» exhibition introduced in Odessa

In the network of Israel’s Independence anniversary celebration, an exhibition dedicated to the outstanding Jewish poet Hayim Nahman Bialik was introduced in Odessa.

On April 19, 2013, the Days of Bialik were launched in Odessa. This is a special project in the network of celebrating the 65th anniversary of Independence of the State of Israel and the 140th anniversary of the eminent Jewish poet Hayim Nahman Bialik, whose way has started in Odessa.

In the network of the festivities, festive opening of the unique “Hayim Bialik: The Way of the Poet” art exhibition was held on April 25, 2013, in Odessa Literature Museum.

Odessa City Mayor Aleksey Kostusyev also took part in the festive opening ceremony. In his speech, he emphasized, “Odessa has always lived a rich spiritual life. Holding Bialik’s Days here is another contribution into the moneybox of our city’s spiritual life, and Odessa’s always been international, with numerous cultures intertwining delicately. This mix has been a great impulse for the development of Odessa’s peculiar culture that is well-known all around the world”.





On top of that, the following events took place in Odessa in the network of celebration:

April 22
– “Jewish Pushkin” Nahman Bialik: seminar for philologists and litterateurs. In the network of the seminar, an online conference with the specialist from Bialik’s House Museum from Tel-Aviv will be held (3 p.m., Israeli Culture Center, 17, Greek Str.).


April 24 – Art evening of “El-Ha-Meshorer” band (Israel) (6 p.m., Israeli Culture Center, 17, Greek Str.).

April 25 – “Walks with a poet”: literature excursion throughout Bialik’s Odessa, starting from the House where the poet has lived (11 a.m., 9, Malaya Arnautskaya Str.) .

April 25 – Literature lessons dedicated to life and art work of Bialik in the city’s schools.

April 25 – Literature meeting and Bialik’s verses recital (3 p.m., World Odessites’ Club, 7, Marazliyevskaya Str.).


The events were organized by Israeli Culture Center in Odessa with the support of Odessa City Council, Bialik’s House in Tel-Aviv (Israel) and Odessa Literature Museum.





Hayim Nahman Bialik (Hebrew: חיים נחמן ביאליק‎; January 9, 1873 – July 4, 1934), also Chaim or Haim, was a Jewish poet who wrote primarily in Hebrew but also in Yiddish. Bialik was one of the pioneers of modern Hebrew poetry and came to be recognized as Israel's national poet.



Bialik wrote several different modes of poetry. He is perhaps most famous for his long, nationalistic poems, which call for a reawakening of the Jewish people. However no less effective are his passionate love poems, his personal verse or his nature poems. Last but not least, Bialik's songs for children are a staple of Israeli nursery life. From 1908 onwards, he wrote mostly prose.

By writing his works in Hebrew, Bialik contributed significantly to the revival of the Hebrew language, which before his days existed primarily as an ancient, scholarly tongue. His influence is felt deeply in all modern Hebrew literature. The generation of Hebrew language poets who followed in Bialik's footsteps, including Jacob Steinberg and Jacob Fichman, are called "the Bialik generation".

To this day, Bialik is recognized as Israel's national poet. Bialik House, his former home at 22 Bialik Street in Tel Aviv, has been converted into a museum, and functions as a center for literary events. The municipality of Tel Aviv awards the Bialik Prize in his honor. Kiryat Bialik, a suburb of Haifa, and Givat Hen, a moshav bordering the city of Raanana, are named after him. He is the only person to have two streets named after him in the same Israeli city - Bialik Street and Hen Boulevard in Tel Aviv. There is also Bialik Hebrew Day School www.bialik.ca in Toronto, ON, Canada; Bialik High School in Montreal, QC, Canada; and a cross-communal Jewish Zionist school in Melbourne called Bialik College. In Caracas, Venezuela, the largest Jewish community school is named Herzl-Bialik. Also in Rosario, Argentina the only Jewish school is named after him.

Bialik's poems have been translated into at least 30 languages, and set to music as popular songs. These poems, and the songs based on them, have become an essential part of the education and culture of modern Israel.

Bialik wrote most of his poems using "Ashkenazi" pronunciation, while modern Israeli Hebrew uses the Sephardi pronunciation. Consequently, Bialik's poems are rarely recited in the meter in which they were written.


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