WOMEN'S LEAGUE NEW YORK INSTITUTE
at the Jewish Theological Seminary
September 19, 26
October 10, THURSDAY October 27, 31
December 5, 12
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Medieval Jews and Christians Read Scripture
Dr. Robert A. Harris, Chair, Hebrew Bible and Its Interpretation, JTS
Jews and Christians generally lived in close proximity in the 12th century. They spoke the same languages and dressed alike, and ghettos were not yet established. But stark differences marked their interrelationships. We will examine the commonalities and differences between Jews and Christians in the enterprise of biblical interpretation, exploring the mutual influences that rabbis and church leaders had on one another and the polemics through which they often interacted.
1:30 – 3:00 PM
The Mystical Hasidic Movement: From the Besht to Crown Heights and Meah She’arim
Professor Sharon Flatto, Professor of Judaic Studies and Director, Graduate Program, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York (CUNY)
Though they live next door (in Brooklyn and upstate New York), what do we really know about the Hasidim? This course explores the historical development of the influential Hasidic movement and focuses on its central mystical doctrines, showing both Hasidism’s continuity with earlier mystical trends as well as its daring innovations. This course also examines the initial vehement opposition to Hasidism, and the often controversial role of messianism for various hasidic groups.