A Wandering People: Jewish Journeys, Real and Imagined
As the pandemic surged and forced us into our homes, many of us dreamed with new intensity of being elsewhere. For Jews throughout the ages, the promises and perils of travel have been central to shaping the individual and collective experience. Notions of home and homeland have been redefined by Jewish wandering. Drawing on literary, spiritual, and historical sources and responses, JTS scholars explore what happens when Jews—whether by force or voluntarily, whether in reality or in the imagination—travel from one place to another.
Recordings of the sessions can be found below.
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Finding Hijar: A Scholar’s Quest to Uncover
the History of Her Jewish Community
Through the Journey of Its Books
with Dr. Marjorie Lehman
The Spectacular Story Of S. Ansky’s
The Dybbuk and How it Transformed American Jewish Theatre
with Dr. Edna Nahshon
The Early Modern Travel Pass:
Controlling the Plague and Jewish Mobility
in 16th Century Tuscany
with Dr. Stefanie Siegmund
Work-Life Balance in Ancient Times:
Why the Rabbis Left Their Homes
to Study Torah
with Dr. Rachel Rosenthal
A Journey Without End—
The Explusion From Spain
and the Age of Perpetual Jewish Migration
with Dr. Jonathan Ray