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Autumn 2018 at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies
Weekly English Lecture Series in Jewish Studies Open to the General Public
October 2018 – January 2019

Philip Roth’s Images of Israel
with Dr. Shana Rosenblatt Mauer
Mondays: 10:30-12:00

This course will examine various works at different periods and how Roth has chosen to portray diverse facets of Israel at various historical moments. Works will include The Counterlife and Operation Shylock as well as several others.

Dates: Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26; (Dec. 3, 10 – Hanukkah break), Dec. 17, 24, 31; Jan. 7


Attraction or Animosity: Biblical Narratives of Israel and Egypt
with Esther Lapian
Tuesdays: 10:30-12:00

Egypt is the place we are meant to leave, yet we keep going back. Egypt is a place of refuge, yet dangerous. The Bible is replete with narratives and laws that allude to the land of Egypt – from Abraham’s dangerous descent due to famine, to Joseph’s colorful “episode” with Mrs. Potifar, to the introduction of the Ten Commandments. The list is endless. What is the nature of this odd attraction? What is the meaning of the precarious relationship that existed between young Israel and ancient Egypt? We will examine several Biblical stories that highlight our complex and conflicted relationship to Egypt, a land not our own. What do these stories tell us? What are their ramifications for us today?

Dates: Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27; (Dec. 4, 11 – Hanukkah break) Dec. 18, 25; Jan. 1, 8


Judaism on Love and Relationships
with Dr. Elliott Malamet
Tuesdays: 12:30-2:00

Using a diverse selection of Jewish and general sources, we will examine and discuss spiritual approaches towards love and relationships of various kinds. How can three thousand years of Jewish wisdom help us understand dilemmas of intimacy? What does the Torah consider as authentic love? We will explore a variety of the forms of love – both romantic connections as well as the love of God, our neighbor, and the stranger, and relationships between parents/ grandparents with children as well as our connections with friends and colleagues.

 Dates: Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6 (Nov. 20-no class), 13, 27 (Dec. 4, 11 – Hanukkah break); Dec. 18, 25; Jan. 1, 8, 15

Shulamit Lederman

The Image of the Jew in Jewish and Christian Art
with Dr. Shula Laderman
Wednesdays: 12:30-14:00

Hebrew illuminated manuscripts that were created in the different countries where Jews lived enable us to gaze at our Jewish ancestors in the various countries and learn how they chose to present themselves, their garments, customs, thoughts and ideas. Illuminated manuscripts of Christian Bibles from the same lands and during the same periods project a different image of the Jew as seen by the surrounding society. In order to shed light on this disparity, we will examine the visual material along with texts of rabbinic and other halachic writings of the same periods as well as Christian polemical sources.

Dates: Oct. 24, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28; (Dec. 5, 12 – Hanukkah break) Dec. 19, 26; Jan. 2, 9, 16

Jewish Culture in Israeli Cinema
with Dr. Paul Shrell Fox
Wednesdays: 14:30-16:00

To the outside world we endeavour to distinguish between Judaism and “Israeli-ism” but in Israeli films these boundaries are often blurred. In this course, we will watch excerpts from three Israeli films and explore the Jewish-cultural-psychological issues that are portrayed in the films (participants will watch the films on their own).

Dates: Oct. 24, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28; (Dec. 5, 12 – Hanukkah break) Dec. 19, 26; Jan. 2, 9, 16



ILS 725 for one series with 10 classes
10% discount for pre-registration for one series only: ILS 650 (before October 11)
10% discount price for 2 series of classes: ILS 1170
15% discount price for 3 series of classes: ILS 1650

Price includes complimentary hot drinks (coffee and tea) during classes

Free gift to first 15 students to register!
Free bonus to all students: “The Sanctity of Jerusalem to the Three Monotheistic Religions” – half day walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem

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