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Helen R. Stulman
Program in Jewish Studies

The Johns Hopkins University
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3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

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Jewish Studies Events

Spring 2015



Marc Caplan

"Nor Mind Nor Body of Me Can Be Touched": The Politics of Passivilty in Moyshe Kulbak"s Montog and Samuel Beckett's Murphy.

April 13, 2015


The Smokler Center for Jewish Life

3109 N. Charles Street




The Maggid’s Court: 1760-1772

Date: April 20-21

Hassidism is the mystical and social movement that emerged among Eastern European Jews in the mid-eighteenth century. Within less than half a century the movement spread all over Eastern Europe and became the new creed of the majority of Jews in this region. Arguably, the most crucial period in the emergence of Hassidism is the twelve years between 1760 and 1772. during which the movement was led by Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezrich (commonly referred to in Hebrew as the Maggid [Preacher] of Mezrich).

            Over the past century the study of Hassidism was directed by notable figures such as Gerschom Scholem and Martin Buber. Yet even after more than a century of academic studies on this unique movement, many basic questions concerning the emergence of Hassidism remain veiled. (For example, we have very divergent accounts about the number of disciples around the Maggid of Mezrich, ranging from two dozen to several hundred. Similarly, scholars have diverse views about the nature of the organization of this circle.) From April 20th to 21st, we would like to bring together a group of leading scholars from the US, UK, and Israel in order reconstruct the historical reality and significance of the twelve years of the Maggid’s court and circle of disciples.


Program Draft:


Monday April 20, 2015

Session I 11:00-1:00


Ada Rapoport-Albert (JHU/UCL)
"Who, Where, and When Sat Around teh Maggid's Table?"


Arthur Green (Hebrew College, Boston)
"Around the Maggis's Table: Issues in the Devotional Life"


Session 2 3:00-4:30


Ariel Evan Mayse (Harvard)
"Conceptions of Revelation in the Maggid's beis medresh"


Elly Mosenson (Boston University)
"Kadmut Ha-Sekhel" in the thought of the Maggid"


Tuesday April 21

Sesson 3 9:30-11:00


Avraham Abish Shor (Karlin Institutes)
"Early Hasidic Custom as documented in Testimonies about the Maggid and His Circle"


Yitzhak Melamed (JHU)
"Acher's Testimony: Shlomo Maimon at the Court fo the Maggid"


Session 4 11:30-1:00

Yoni Garb (Hebrew University)
"The Early Writings of R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi"


Maoz Kahana (Tel Aviv Univeristy)
"On the maggid's Conception of Halacha"


Session 5 2:30-4


Joint  Study of a Key Text


Session 6 4:15-5:15


Warren Zev Harvey (Hebrew University)
"What did the Rymanover Really say about the Aleph of Anoki?







The Isaac and Leah M. Potts Memorial Lecture

April 20, 2015

Moaz Kahana

"Cosmos and Nomos: Rabbi Joseph Karo and Shabtai Zvi as portable heavenly temples"





Sayed Kasuha

Author and Journalist

February 26, 2015

Sayed Kasuha on living with Dual Identity

Gilman 491





Dimitry Shumsky

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

March 25, 2015

Myth of Deportation": Late Stalinism and the Soviet "Jewish Question" Reconsidered

The Smokler Center for Jewish Life, 3109 N. Charles Street





Lev Louis Grinberg

Ben Gurion University

“Israel’s Elections in Troubled times: Historical Perspective on 2015 Agendas, Coalitions and Prospects for the Future.

March 26, 2015

Hodson Room 311

Time: 4Pm

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