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Lecture: "Yizkor: Communal Memory in the Middle Ages"


Sylvie-Anne Goldberg, Brownstone Distinguished Visiting Professor in Jewish Studies at Dartmouth is the head of the Center of Jewish Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. Her research focuses on conceptual and cultural history of the Jews during medieval and early modern period.  Goldberg will give a talk entitled, "Yizkor: Communal Memory in the Middle Ages". During the Middle Ages, the Jews of Europe developed memorial techniques that enabled them to overcome the loss of their dead: lists of the community's dead to be recited especially at major holidays or on the anniversary of disasters. They also elaborated a commemorative liturgy, inscribed in rituals that persisted for centuries, through which they were able to transcend time and history. This lecture will describe these memorial techniques, developed especially in response to the Crusades, through several examples drawn from liturgical texts that have been handed down from the 12th or 13th century to our days.

Sponsored by the Cornell Jewish Studies and Medieval Studies Programs. This event is free and open to the public.

Time and Place
October 20, 2016, 5:30 pm
McGraw Hall, Rm. 165, Cornell University Campus