JTS in the Berkshires Summer 2023
Date: Jul 07, 2023
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Category: Community Courses JTS in the Berkshires
Join JTS scholars in Lenox, Massachusetts, for inspiring learning that illuminates the Jewish past and shapes the Jewish future. With Dr. Arnold M. Eisen, Rabbi Gordon Tucker, and Dr. Shira Billett.
Fridays, July 7, July 21, August 4, 2023
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Shakespeare & Company
Elayne P. Bernstein Theater
70 Kemble Street
Tickets: $15 per session
Questions? Contact Lynn Feinman at (212) 678-8821 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Revisiting Zionist Thought: Charting a Path Forward
With Dr. Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of Jewish Thought, JTS
Friday July 7, 2023
David Ben Gurion famously declared in the 1950s that Zionist thought was no longer needed, now that the State existed. Whether or not that was true then (or is true now), echoes of classical Zionist thinkers such as Herzl, Ahad Ha’am, Jabotinsky, and rabbis Reines and Kook, still resound loudly in current debates. Reflecting on Israel’s 75th birthday and the recent crisis regarding judicial reform we will ask: What elements of past Zionist thought remain indispensable to our thinking about Israel today? How should diaspora Jews think about Israel — and vice versa? Have events of the past few months—or the past few years—changed our thinking about Zionism and/or Israel? We will try to agree on a path forward.
“In the Narrow Places”: Jeremiah and His Artistic Interpreters
With Rabbi Gordon Tucker, Vice Chancellor for Religious Life and Engagement, JTS
Friday July 21, 2023
The darkest time in the Jewish calendar, the three weeks leading up to the Ninth of Av, is referred to as bein hametzarim (the narrow places). Marking the final weekend of this period, we will explore some evocative passages in the Book of Jeremiah, and in the Book of Eikhah (Lamentations), traditionally attributed to the prophet. We will also reflect on how Jeremiah’s later interpreters in midrash, visual art, and music (Leonard Bernstein) continued to find meaning in these texts.
Law In Context: Uncovering the Mother’s Perspective in Traditional Sources on Abortion
With Dr. Shira Billet, Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought and Ethics, JTS
Friday August 4, 2023
Can a closer look at Jewish sources move us beyond the entrenched simplistic pro-life/pro-choice binary of American public discourse today? This session examines traditional sources that have played a central role in constructing Jewish perspectives on abortion. We’ll explore the complex interplay between the legal aspects of these sources and the stories from women’s lives in which they are embedded to uncover a complex and nuanced Jewish perspective on abortion.