JTS Library Hosts Book Talk on New Book about the En Yaaqov

The En Yaaqov: Jacob ibn Habib’s Search for Faith in the Talmudic Corpus

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January 5, 2012, New York, NY

Dr. Marjorie Lehman, associate professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), will discuss her book The En Yaaqov: Jacob Ibn Habib’s Search for Faith in the Talmudic Corpus (Wayne State University Press, 2011) during a Library Book Talk on Monday, January 23. The discussion will take place at 7:30 p.m. at JTS, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in Manhattan. (Admission is free, but reservations and photo ID are required. Email Hector Guzman at heguzman@jtsa.edu for more information or to register.)

In her book, Dr. Lehman examines the tumultuous period surrounding the origins and development of the En Yaaqov, an early 16th-century collection of talmudic Aggadah compiled by Ibn Habib, and the En Yaaqov’s journey to the present as one of Judaism’s most enduring texts. She argues that the experiences of Ibn Habib, a Jew exiled from Spain in 1492, prompted him to make decisions not only about how the Talmud should be studied in the name of spiritual restoration, but also about how Jews could survive future expulsions by cultivating a sustainable faithful relationship with God. A portion of her book appeared in Prooftexts (1999) under the title “The Ein Yaakov: A Collection of Aggadah in Transition.”

Dr. Lehman’s Book Talk on The En Yaaqov will be moderated by Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS.

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