The Bridal Canopy
The Bridal Canopy (Hebrew: הכנסת כלה, Hakhnasat Kallah), a novel by Shmuel Yosef Agnon, is considered to be one of the first classics of modern Hebrew literature. At the time of its publication in 1931, Hebrew had only recently been revived as a spoken language. Although Jewish commentators and writers continued to write in Hebrew, it was not a spoken language for nearly 2000 years. In 1966, Agnon shared the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first author to do so writing in modern Hebrew.
Agnon's novel describes the fictional wanderings of Reb Yudel through the Jewish villages of Galicia at the beginning of the 19th century, in search of a bridegroom and a dowry for his daughter. A modern critic described Agnon's fictional Reb Yudel as "naively pious." Others have characterized the fictional Reb Yudel as a Jewish archetype of Don Quixote.
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