Different But Equal? The Paradox of Chosenness

Date: Feb 08, 2021 - Feb 08, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Online Learning

Different But Equal with Dr. Alan Cooper

Part of Our Series “The ‘Other’ in Jewish Text and Tradition

February 8, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Jewish conceptions of chosenness or election—rooted especially in the language of Exodus 19:5-6—traditionally were hierarchical, often asserting Jewish superiority over others. Such notions run afoul of modern ideas about social justice, typically anchored in egalitarian values that would have been alien to pre-modern authors. Is it possible to uphold a version of Jewish “difference” that is simultaneously non-hierarchical yet answerable to traditional sources?  

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This session is part of the series “The ‘Other’ in Jewish Text and Tradition.” If you have previously registered for another session in this series, your registration admits you to all sessions in the series, and you may attend as many as you’d like. 

Dr. Alan Cooper is Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies.

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