Summer 2022 Learning Series: Stories and Storytelling

Mondays, starting June 20 
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET (note new time) 


Join JTS scholars online to explore a selection of stories drawn from ancient, rabbinic, medieval, and modern Jewish literature. We will consider the power of shared stories and how they transmit values, norms, culture, and information, bringing Jews together across time and space.

Sessions and Faculty

June 20

(Far From) All About Eve

With Dr. Alan Cooper, Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies 

June 27

Telling Difficult Stories: Philip Roth’s Operation Shylock

With Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics   

July 11

B’Khol Dor Va Dor: How Jewish Storytelling Shapes the Religious Imagination and Orients us in Time and Space

With Rabbi Mychal Springer, Manager of Clinical Pastoral Education at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and Adjunct Professor, JTS 

July 18

Passion and Violence: A Contemporary Philosophical Reading of the Sacrifice of Isaac

With Dr. Miriam Feldmann Kaye, Adjunct Associate Professor 

July 25

A  Jewish Doctor in Medieval Spain and His Demon: The Book of Delight by Joseph Ibn Zabara

With Dr. Raymond Scheindlin, Professor Emeritus of Medieval Hebrew Literature 

August 1

What Six Very Short Stories in the Babylonian Talmud Tell Us About Jewish Law and Life

With Dr. Judith Hauptman, E. Billi Ivry Professor Emerita of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture 

August 8

The Protest Literature of Mizrahi Writers

With Dr. Beverly Bailis, Adjunct Associate Professor of Jewish Literature 

August 15

Alexander, Was He Great? Rabbinic Criticism of Rome through Alexander Narratives 

With Dr. Benjamin Levy, Adjunct Associate Professor

August 22

The Stories that Objects Tell

With Dr. Barbara Mann, Chana Kekst Professor of Jewish Literature