JTS in the Berkshires: Back to Nature

Date: Aug 24, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Sponsor: JTS Learning in Your Community

Location: Massachusetts

Category: JTS in Your Community

Back to Nature: Jewish Encounters with the Natural World

Judaism’s complex relationship to nature begins in Eden, where humans are commanded to subdue and to guard the earth. Join JTS scholars as they reveal the diversity of Jewish perspectives on nature and the sacred realm. How do our sources—literary, legal, and liturgical—conceive of the world around us and our relationship to other creatures?

Friday, August 24
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Raymond Scheindlin, Professor Emeritus of Medieval Hebrew Literature
GARDENS OF THE GOLDEN AGE: THE PLEASURES AND PERILS OF NATURE IN MEDIEVAL HEBREW LITERATURE

For medieval Spanish Jewry, the garden was a place of tranquility, where members of elite society could enjoy each other’s company, drink wine, listen to music, and recite poetry. For the philosophically-minded poet, the pleasures of the garden provide a moment for reflection on the brevity of life, yet for the religiously-minded poet, the garden is a lure that diverts people from serious activities to worldly pleasures. We will read and discuss selections of poetry (in English translation) that explore these complementary and conflicting values.

Location

Shakespeare & Company
70 Kemble Street
Lenox, Massachusetts

Cost
$25 per session

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For more information, contact Lynn Feinman at (212) 678-8821 or lyfeinman@jtsa.edu