Symposium in Honor of Professor Eliezer Schweid Jewish Thought and Research: Judaism as Culture, Secularist and Religious Criticism and Interpretation of Sources

In recognition of the work of Professor Eliezer Schweid, an outstanding researcher and lecturer on Jewish thought, the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies is honored to host a festive symposium.  The evening is part of a seminar of researchers devoted to Professor Schweid’s work to be held at the 2017 World Congress of Jewish Studies.

The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Union College invite you to a festive symposium in honor of our teacher and friend Professor Eliezer Schweid marking his 88th birthday.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:45PM
The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies
4 Avraham Granot Street, Jerusalem


Reception for the honoree

Opening remarks: Professor Yossi Turner

Professor Avi Sagi: Jewish Existence and its Meaning in the Work of Eliezer Schweid
Dr. Inbar Galili-Schachter: Eliezer Schweid as a Scholar of Jewish Education

Response: Professor Eliezer Schweid

The event is free and open to the public.
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Several sessions devoted to Professor Schweid’s work will be held at the 2017 World Jewish Congress, Mt. Scopus campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Further information about the World Jewish Congress to follow.

“Judaism as Culture” and its Implications on the Creative Commentary of Jewish Sources
Thursday August 10, 2017, 11:30

Chairperson: Dr. Yehuda Mimran
Professor Gershon Greenberg: Eliezer Schweid’s Portrayal of the Philosophy of Jewish Prayer
Dr. Ari Ackerman: The Place of Religious Hope within the Concept of Judaism as Culture in Eliezer Schweid’s Work
Dr. Deborah Waxman: Wrestling with Jewish Peoplehood

Response: Professor Eliezer Schweid

The Crisis of Modernity: Criticism of Secularism and Religion
Thursday August 10th 2017 15:00

Chairperson: Dr. Ronit Irshai
Prof. Hava Tirosh-Samuelson: Schweid: A Zionist Prophet of Post-Secularism
Dr. Vered Sakal:  Eliezer Schweid: Between the Researcher and the Writer
Professor Haim O. Rechnitzer: Zionism, Post-Zionism and the Crisis of Modernity between Leo Strauss and Eliezer Schweid

Response: Professor Eliezer Schweid

Jewish Existence Philosophy and its Attitude Towards Research
Thursday August 10, 2017 17:30

Chairperson: Professor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
Professor Yossi Turner: Janus: Between Scholarship and Constructive Philosophy in Eliezer Schweid’s Intellectual Endeavors
Professor Zeev Gries: The Study of AD Gordon’s Thought- Between Life Teaching and Theoretical Abstraction
Professor Yehoyada Amir: The Philosophy of Jewish Existence, Halachic and post-Halachic normativity

Response: Professor Eliezer Schweid