A Conversation With Hillel Halkin and Raymond Scheindlin on Translating Yehuda Halevi

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April 20, 2010, New York, NY

The Tikvah Institute for Jewish Thought of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University, will host “A Conversation with Hillel Halkin and Raymond Scheindlin on Translating Yehuda Halevi” on Thursday, April 22 at noon. The program will take place at JTS.

Mr. Halkin and Dr. Scheindlin, both authors of recent books on Halevi, will discuss what drew them to Halevi, the relevance of Halevi today, and the different approaches each has taken in presenting Halevi’s life and writings to a contemporary English-language audience.

Hillel HalkinMr. Halkin is the author of Yehuda Halevi in the Nextbook/Schocken Jewish Encounters series. His other works include Across the Sabbath River: In Search of a Lost Tribe of Israel; Letters to an American Jewish Friend; A Strange Death; and a translation of Sholem Aleichem’ s Tevye the Dairyman and The Railroad Stories. His essays and columns have appeared regularly in Commentary, as well as in the New Republic, the Jerusalem Post, the New York Sun, and other publications. He lives in Israel.

Ray ScheindlinDr. Scheindlin is professor of Medieval Hebrew Literature at JTS and director of JTS's Shalom Spiegel Institute of Medieval Hebrew Poetry. He has been on the JTS faculty since 1974 and served as provost from 1984 to 1988. His latest book is Song of the Distant Dove: Judah Halevi’s Pilgrimage. Dr. Scheindlin received a BA in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an MHL and rabbinic ordination from JTS, and a PhD from Columbia University.

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Email publicevents@jtsa.edu or call (212) 280-6093 to attend.

Please arrive at least fifteen minutes early, and have photo ID available.