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February 26, 2015
Sayed Kasuha on living with Dual Identity
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
The Shriver Board Room, Shriver Hall
Topic and dates to be determined
The Isaac and Leah M. Potts Memorial Lecture
April 20, 2015
Time and Topic: TBD
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.
Avraham Abish Shorr,
Ariel Even Mayse
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