December 29, 2005

by Reb Yudel
Did someone say poetry?

Forward Newspaper Online: A Yeshiva Head Explores The Faith of the Poet
It is a mark of David Ebner's commitment to his poetic voice that he is, in fact, willing to look eccentric. In fact, he is eccentric. A sociology professor early in life, he immigrated to Israel in 1982, becoming head instructor first at the well-known Yeshivat Hamivtar and now at a new yeshiva, Eretz HaTzvi. Like Wallace Stevens, he has reason to wonder what "the boys at the office" would think of his literary pastime. His previous book of poems, "The Library of Everything" (ATID, 2004), was published ostensibly as a learning aid for high school students, and his latest, titled "Perhaps This Poem," is self-published (and could use a copy editor). But don't let Ebner's eccentricity distract you. He has a unique, intelligent voice, one that deserves an audience.
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