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Jews Out of the Question: A Critique of Anti-Anti-Semitism

The talk will reflect on the role that opposition to anti-Semitism has been playing in shaping political philosophy after the Holocaust, in authors such as Adorno, Horkheimer, Jean-Paul Sartre and Hannah Arendt, to Alain Badiou and most recently Jean-Luc Nancy. The basic critical observation concerns the way in which post-Holocaust philosophy has identified the fundamental, […]

Transformation & Modernity around 1300: Medium, Spirituality, Experience in Giotto's Arena Chapel

Due the limited number of seats in the event space, please RSVP if you would like to be added to the waitlist, indicating if you would like to attend the morning session, the afternoon session, or the entire day, under the subject line “RSVP Giotto Conference 2020” to Revolving around a new reading of […]

In the Name of the Cross: Christianity and Anti-Semitic Propaganda in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany

An RSVP is requested. Heated debate surrounds the question of the role Christianity and Christian churches played in the Nazi and Italian Fascist demonization of the Jews. This talk brings to light similarities and differences in the Nazi and Italian Fascist uses of Christianity in their efforts to turn their populations against the Jews through […]

From Sinai to Ethiopia, and Back to Israel: The Halakhic and Conceptual World of Ethiopian Jewry

2020 Robbins Collection Annual Lecture in Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity An RSVP is requested. Rabbi Shalom delves into the history, customs, and law of the Beta Israel, codifying the ancient cultural heritage of Ethiopian Jewry for the first time and contrasting it with Orthodox rabbinic law. Navigating tensions between religion and culture, he offers […]

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