The Space In Between: Thresholds and Borders in Jewish Life and Thought 

By :  The Jewish Theological Seminary Posted On Jan 12, 2023 / 5783 | Monday Webinar The Space In Between

Mondays, January 30 – May 22, 2023
1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

(No sessions were held on February 20, April 3, or April 10.) 

About the Series

We are living in an undefined time: our daily existence is no longer dominated by the pandemic, yet neither have we settled into a new normal. This sense of being in transition—neither here nor there—can feel destabilizing; but is the time in between really temporary, or are we always living in between moments, identities, and phases of life?  

In this series, JTS scholars delved into the idea of liminality—the time or space in between—which we encounter often in Jewish ritual, identity, law, and life. They considered what these many manifestations of “in-between-ness” can teach us about ourselves and about Judaism and explored how we might find strength and meaning in an orientation not of “either/or” but of “both/and.” 

The World as Liminal: Genesis and the Incompleteness of Creation
with Dr. Benjamin Sommer
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Between This World and the Next:
Rabbinic Visions of Purgatory

with Dr. Rachel Rosenthal
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The Tent of Meeting: Central or Marginal?
with Dr. Benjamin Sommer
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Between Law and Narrative in the Talmud
with Dr. Sarah Wolf
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Between Obligation and Free Choice
with Rabbi Gordon Tucker
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Jewish-American, American-Jewish
with Dr. Arnold Eisen
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On the Margins: Conversos and the Question of
Jewish Belonging Throughout History

with Dr. Jonathan Ray
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Gender Identity in Rabbinic Literature
with Dr. Marcus Mordecai Schwartz
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Defying All Categories: Witches in the Talmud
with Dr. Marjorie Lehman
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The Blasphemer in Leviticus:
A Marginal Figure
with Dr. Alan Cooper
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Sarah’s Laugh:
Doubt, Trust, and the Ambiguity of the Womb

with Rabbi Mychal Springer
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Talmudic Writings on the Passage from
this Life to the Next

with Dr. David Kraemer
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Between Suns:
Twilight in Rabbinic Sources

with Dr. Sarit Kattan Gribetz
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Kiddush and Havdalah:
Marking the Boundaries of Sanctified Time

with Dr. Judith Hauptman
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