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The Synagogue and the Study House

The Synagogue and the Study House

This lecture explores the dynamic relationship between two institutions that have shaped Jewish history from late antiquity to the present day. The bricks and mortar of Jewish experience, the Jewish “house of commons” (Heb. beit-knesset) and the Jewish “university” (Heb. beit-hamidrash) stake out different – not always complementary and often competitive – styles of thought and social discipline. Focusing on several exemplary moments in the making of Jewish past, we will address the ways in which these distinctive forms of Jewish life defined the content of belief and behavior. Trained in Jewish history at Columbia University, Olga Litvak, Laurie B. and Eric M. Roth Professor of Modern European Jewish History, works at the intersection between Jewish experience and Jewish expression. Her principal subject and the focus of her writing and teaching lies in the east of Europe, where Jewish people — readers and writers, husbands and wives, fathers and sons, scholars and mystics, prophets and poets — created a culture that now lives on three continents and speaks at least twice as many languages.

 

Time and Place
September 19, 2019, 4:30 pm
232 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850; Goldwin Smith Hall, Lewis Auditorium