Join JTS scholars as they explore examples of Jewish resistance in different contexts: from civil disobedience and armed action to cultural and spiritual forms of resistance. What lessons can we learn from the struggle to maintain humanity and dignity in dangerous and uncertain times?

Sessions are $25 or or series for $85. Register at Walk-ins always welcome.

Series Theme for 2017: Paths of Resistance
July 7, 2017
"Poet as Prophet: Social Protest in Modern Hebrew Poetry"
Dr. Barbara Mann, Assoc. Professor of Jewish Literature
This session explores contemporary Hebrew-language protest poetry, and its link to the biblical prophetic tradition. More broadly it will address how literature and the arts can galvanize and move us toward resistance.

July 21, 2017
"Resistance as a Religious Virtue: Confronting the Divine in Rabbinic Literature"
Dr.Hillel Ben Sasson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Israel Studies
This session explores human resistance to the divine as it is imagined in midrash and Talmud. What can we learn from the rabbis' inclusion of stories where individuals debate with God and how does it relate to our own political and social action in the present?

August 4, 2017
Dr. David Kraemer, JTS Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics
"Hannah and Her Sons: The Power of Religious Resistance"
Using the story of Hannah and her seven sons as it appears in the Book of Maccabees and the Talmud, this session explores the act of martyrdom as a form of spiritual resistance.

August 18, 2017
Dr. Avinoam Patt, JTS Fellow and Professor of Modern Jewish History at University of Hartford
"Not Like Sheep to the Slaughter": Writing About Resistance in the Aftermath of the Holocaust"
This session focuses on the meaning of resistance during and after the Warsaw Ghetto revolt: how did the surviving ghetto fighters understand their actions? how did they explain the choice to resist? what resistance politicized almost immediately during and after the revolt in the rest of the Jewish world?

This series is a partnership between Congregation Knesset Israel in Pittsfield and the Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC with the generous support of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires..

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Phone: 413-445-4872 x. 16
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