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How might our ordinary, daily experiences of being interpersonally obligated shed light on the idea of a life driven by mitzvah, or sacred obligation? Mara Benjamin will lead us in examining how everyday experiences of obligation toward others can shed light on Jewish religious thought, and how both classical and modern Jewish religious thought can speak to us in new ways when we bring the tradition’s key ideas into everyday life.

At 3 PM, Jewish LearningWorks Senior Educator Liora Brosbe will lead a discussion for educators exploring the application of Dr. Benjamin’s work in the engagement of parents in Jewish educational settings.

Mara H. Benjamin is Irene Kaplan Associate Professor and chair of Jewish studies at Mount Holyoke College. She holds a Ph.D. in modern Jewish thought and religious studies from Stanford University. Her 2018 book, The Obligated Self: Maternal Subjectivity and Jewish Thought received a 2019 American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. She is also the author of Rosenzweig’s Bible: Reinventing Scripture for Jewish Modernity. 

Co-presented by Congregation Beth Israel.