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Shirim Ahadim



Shirim Ahadim




Poetry, Hebrew
Strashun Library


Shirim Ahadim (A Few Poems). Casas, Elijah. Leipzig: K. B. Lork, 1857.

Born in Armyansk, Crimea, Elijah ben Elia Kasas (1832–1912) was a Karaite scholar and director of a Karaite cantorial school in Eupatoria. One of the few Karaite contributors to secular Hebrew literature, Kasas published numerous poems in maskilic periodicals. However, he later tried to sever all connection between the Karaites and the mainstream of Jewry. He asserted that the Karaites were not Semites, but a Tatar or Khazar tribe which had become converted to the Jewish faith. His works include a Hebrew textbook, Le-Regel ha-Yeladim (1869), intended for the Karaite youth speaking the Tatar language, among others. He also translated the Karaite prayer book entitled Ketoret Tamid into Russian (1905).

The book contains original poems by Elijah Casas, as well as his Hebrew translations of Russian, German and French poems by other authors.


Casas, Elijah


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