DUNHAM, WHOSE MOTHER is Jewish and whose father is a Protestant, took to social media as she often does to express her innermost thoughts. This time, on the eve of Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of fast dedicated to reflection and atonement, the Emmy-winning actress devoted an Instagram post shared with her 3.2 million followers to her latest musings about Judaism.
Dunham divulged that after her grandmother’s passing earlier in the year she felt the need to explore her connection to the religion she shared with her late grandmother, and found inspiration in the poems of none other than internationally acclaimed, award-winning Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai.
German-born Amichai, who died in 2000, is Israel’s greatest modern poet and is also the first one to write poetry in colloquial Hebrew.
Photo: Lena Dunham arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit in Manhattan (Reuters)
FULL STORY TV star Lena Dunham says Israeli poetry helps her connect to Judaism (Jerusalem Post)