Adult Ed Option 1 - "Outsiders" (Part I)
All Hakafa adults are invited to please join us at the Takiff Center for Adult Study in Community Room 1.
Please join Dr. David Shyovitz for Part I of a discussion on "Outsiders."
In pre-modern Europe, Jews were the consummate "outsiders": they lived in self-segregated communities, and their practices and beliefs differed from those of their non-Jewish neighbors. As such, they were often confined to the margins of Christian society, were regarded with suspicion and antipathy, and were frequently subjected to discrimination and persecution. But pre-modern Jewish communities were themselves hardly homogeneous or socially undifferentiated. “Marginalized” Jewish communities had margins of their own, and in this series, we will examine the criminals, physically and mentally ill individuals, and other socially disadvantaged groups who occupied tenuous positions within Jewish society. How did Jewish traditions and values contribute to, or help mitigate, societal boundaries and hierarchies? What lessons--about social boundaries, religious tolerance, or communal ethics--might we learn from the Jewish past that can inform the tensions and debates of the Jewish present?
Dr. David Shyovitz is Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University, and has a joint appointment at the Crown Center for Jewish and Israel Studies. His research and teaching focus on pre-modern Jewish cultural and intellectual history, with a particular emphasis on Jewish-Christian relations. He is the author of the recently published book A Remembrance of His Wonders: Nature and the Supernatural in Medieval Ashkenaz.
Adult Study takes place on Sunday mornings during Religious School. All Hakafa adults are invited to participate.
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