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Tiberian Hasidic Responses to Plagues and Riots

Please click here to register for this event. Click here to purchase the first volume of From Tiberias, with Love: A Collection of Tiberian Hasidism from Afikomen Judaica. In the year 1777, a group of Jewish spiritual seekers from Eastern Europe set sail in search of a promised land. Weathering challenges…...

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“And for the groom a sardine”: Sephardi Women’s Songs

Click here to register. Most of the Judeo-Spanish or Ladino Sephardi song repertoire was traditionally sung by women. This presentation will explore the main genres of these songs in the Sephardi cultures of the old Ottoman region (Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans) and the western Mediterranean, specifically Morocco. Romances (narrative…...

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“Perhaps Redeemed”: Literature, the Holocaust, and the Survivor’s Need for a Radical Humanism

This virtual program is presented by the SFSU Department of Jewish Studies as part of the Fall 2020 Lectures in Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library. Click here to register (a free Zoom account is required). Through an examination of the works of Ruth Klüger, Imre Kertesz,…...

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Karaite Judaism: An Alternative to the Religion of the Rabbis

This virtual program is presented by the SFSU Department of Jewish Studies as part of the Fall 2020 Lectures in Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library. Click here to register (a free Zoom account is required). In the Middle Ages a religious movement emerged that posed a…...

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Jews and Moneylending in the Middle Ages

This virtual program is presented by the SFSU Department of Jewish Studies as part of the Fall 2020 Lectures in Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library. Click here to register (a free Zoom account is required). Anxieties and accusations concerning Jewish “usury” play a prominent role in…...

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Women of the Book: Biblical Women in History, Memory, and Ritual Life

This virtual program is presented by the SFSU Department of Jewish Studies as part of the Fall 2020 Lectures in Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library. Click here to register (a free Zoom account is required). The phenomenon of women interpreting the Bible and applying it to…...

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The Talmud Walks Into a Bar: What Beverages Teach Us About Rabbinic Literature

This virtual program is presented by the SFSU Department of Jewish Studies as part of the Fall 2020 Lectures in Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library. Click here to register (a free Zoom account is required). Though classical rabbinic texts are fundamental to understanding the history and…...

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Judaism, Disability, and the Politics of Healing

**Please note that live closed captioning will be available for this event.** Click here to register. The lame shall leap and the mute shall sing? In a famous passage from the Hebrew Bible, the prophet Isaiah imagines the world to come as a world where human bodies are transformed. But…...

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Feasting and Fasting: The History and Ethics of Jewish Food

Presented by Aaron S. Gross Click here to register. Click here to purchase a copy of Feasting and Fasting: The History and Ethics of Jewish Food from Afikomen Judaica. Dr. Gross will discuss his new co-edited book, Feasting and Fasting: The History and Ethics of Jewish Food (New York University…...

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