The “Burning Heart”: From the Book of Jeremiah to the Metropolitan Opera

Date: Mar 07, 2022

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Online Learning

The ‘Burning Heart’: From the Book of Jeremiah to the Metropolitan Opera 

Part of our spring learning series, The Power of Emotion: Judaism and the Inner Life

March 7, 2022, 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET


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In Jeremiah 20:9, the prophet compares the divine word to “a burning fire in my heart, shut up in my bones.” This powerful image of irresistible passion constrained has long been interpreted in both positive and negative ways. Join Dr. Alan Cooper to examine how the image has been used by Jewish authors and also glance at the way it has come to prominence as the title of both Charles M. Blow’s memoir and Terence Blanchard’s pioneering opera based on the memoir. 

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About the Series

Joy. Grief. Anger. Shame. Love. Emotional experience is often at the center of our lives. Join us for sessions that explore perceptions of emotions in Jewish texts and offer surprising and useful insights for understanding the feelings that make up our inner worlds.

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