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In the broad sense, the term piyyut (pl. piyyutim; from the Greek poíēsis, formation, creation) encompasses the totality of Hebrew religious poetry from post-biblical times to the present. Originally, the performance of the piyyut took place alongside the obligatory prayers in the divine service (Liturgy); since the Middle Ages, it also became disseminated in secular contexts. Over the course of the centuries, an extensive corpus of piyyutim em…

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Seroussi, Edwin, “Piyyut”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0635>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20221116

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