JTS in the Twin Cities
Date: Nov 12, 2016
Sponsor: JTS Learning in Your Community
Location: Twin Cities
Category: JTS in Your Community
A Shabbat Morning D’var Torah and Lecture
Join historian and JTS Fellow Dr. Avinoam Patt at Shabbat services and for learning and discussion afterward. Dr. Patt will discuss “The Land I Will Show You: The Jewish Search for Home.”
In this week’s parashah, Parashat Lekh Lekha, God instructs Abraham to leave his native land and go “to the land that I will show you,” the Land of Canaan where God promises that Abraham will become a great nation. How have the Jewish people defined home throughout their history? What accounts for the Jewish ability to maintain a durable presence in diverse lands over many centuries? How do we reconcile this Jewish mobility with the longing for a return to Zion and the desire to make the children of Abraham into a great nation? In his talk, JTS Fellow, Dr. Avinoam Patt will expand upon some of the ideas raised in Lekh Lekha and address these provocative questions.
About the Scholar
Avinoam J. Patt is the Philip D. Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford, where he is also director of the Museum of Jewish Civilization. Dr. Patt teaches courses on modern Jewish history, American Jewish history, Jewish responses to the Holocaust, the history of Zionism and the State of Israel, Jewish film, and modern Jewish literature, among others.
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