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Abraham Becomes a Philosopher: The Transformation of the Patriarch
Levenson is the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard Divinity School. His book Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life (Yale University Press, 2006) won a National Jewish Book Award and the Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Award in the category of Best Book Relating to the Hebrew Bible published in 2005 or 2006. In his lecture, Levenson will propose that Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism saw Abraham not only as the patriarch who fathered the people of the covenant, as we find in Genesis, but also as the faithful sage who restored the true and proper recognition and worship of God by seeing through the false pretenses of idolatry and the philosophical claims on which idolatry relies. Speaker(s): Dr. Jon Levenson Date: September 19, 2011 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 65 mins
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6/2/2016 6:13:09 PM
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Fate, Faith, and Free Will: Notions of Divine Providence in Early Judaism
Dr. Alan J. Avery-Peck, Kraft-Hiatt Professor in Judaic Studies, College of the Holy Cross presents "Fate, Faith, and Free Will: Notions of Divine Providence". Avery-Peck’s scholarship focuses on Jewish history and religion in the first six centuries C.E., with a particular interest in the literature of Talmudic Judaism. An author and editor of thirty books, he is co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Religious and Philosophical Writings in Late Antiquity: Pagan, Judaic, Christian and, most recently, is the author of a commentary to Second Corinthians in The Jewish Annotated New Testament and of the article “Resurrection of the Body in Early Rabbinic Judaism” (in Tobias Nicklas, et al., eds., The Human Body in Death and Resurrection). Avery-Peck is also editor of the journal The Review of Rabbinic Judaism. At Holy Cross, in 1993-2012 Avery-Peck served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. Until 1993 he taught at Tulane University, where he was Professor of Classical Studies and Director of the Tulane Jewish Studies Program. The Herzstein Lecture is made possible through a gift from the Herzstein Foundation, which continues the work of Albert and Ethel Herzstein by providing grants to charitable efforts that offer individuals opportunities for advancement through education and enrichment of the human spirit. Speaker: Ross Douthat Date: September 19, 2012 Location: Jones Hall Length: 96 mins
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4/15/2016 4:17:26 PM
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Forgiveness & Repentance in Judaism
“Forgiveness” And “repentance” are two words that are immediately recognizable to both Christians and Jews. Yet a closer examination reveals that, beyond their dictionary definitions, the meanings of the two words point to very different themes to the followers of each faith. After Rabbi Rosen walks us through the Jewish understanding of these theological concepts, Dr. Cunningham will present a response from his perspective as a Catholic. Speakers: Rabbi David Rosen & Dr. Philip A. Cunningham Date: March 09, 2016 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 98 mins
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6/2/2016 2:49:39 PM
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Herzstein Lecture - "Accountability and Grace: A Rabbinic Perspective on God's Covenant with Israel"
Is the covenant between God and the people of Israel essentially a contractual relationship which rewards fidelity and punishes violations? Or is the covenant essentially God's unconditional bond of love and graciousness to a people without significant merit? In his lecture, Rabbi Samuel E. Karff shows that there is evidence of each view in Jewish sacred texts and that attempts to reconcile them reveals some basic characteristics of Judaism. Rabbi Karff served for 24 years as a Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in Houston and was granted emeritus status in 1999. He was a lecturer at Rice University for 24 years and is currently the Associate Director of the John McGovern Center for Health, Humanities and the Human Spirit. Rabbi Karff contributed chapters on Judaism to Religions of the World, a text which has been used on more than 200 college campuses. He has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad. Speaker(s): Rabbi Samuel Karff Date: February 9, 2010 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 44 mins
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6/2/2016 5:58:31 PM
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Herzstein Lecture: "50 Years of Jewish Learning: What Has Changed & What Difference Does it Make?"
Rabbi Jacob Neusner, the third speaker in the Herzstein Lecture Series, is the Distinguished Service Professor of the History and Theology of Judaism and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. During his career, Rabbi Neusner has published more than 1,000 books and numerous articles; he is reputed to be the most published humanities scholar in the world. Rabbi Neusner’s Herzstein lecture considers the impact that the increase in the number of professors in Jewish Studies at non-Jewish universities has had on education in Rabbinical seminaries. “Fifty years ago, in 1960, there were a few professors of Jewish studies. Today there are dozens,” he says. “But the seminaries have stood still. The Jewish community has invested millions of dollars in chairs of Jewish studies under gentile auspices. But the Rabbinical seminaries have paid the price and today struggle to maintain themselves. Have we traded one form of higher Jewish education for another?” Speaker(s): Rabbi Jacob Neusner Date: September 20, 2010 Location: Jones Hall Length: 61 mins
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6/2/2016 8:05:49 PM
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Herzstein Lecture: "Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Philosopher for All Faiths"
The inaugural Herzstein lecture with Rabbi Roy Walter. Abraham Joshua Heschel's life exemplified his belief that the relationship between God and humanity was at the heart of moral living. His life, along with his depth of learning, remarkable insight, graceful style of writing and universal message make him one of the most widely read 20th century philosophers. The lecture will explore why his message continues to live into the 21st century and remains worthy of study. Rabbi Roy A. Walter has been Senior Rabbi at Congregation Emanu El since 1978. He went to Emanu El following his ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1970. He is an adjunct faculty member at UST, where he holds the position of Herzstein lecturer. A native of Memphis, Rabbi Walter received a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University and Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Hebrew Letters, as well as a Doctor of Divinity degree from HUC-JIR in Cincinnati. Speaker(s): Rabbi Roy Walter Date: March 26, 2008 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 60 mins
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6/2/2016 3:33:50 PM
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The Future of Jewish Religious Denominations
The Future of Jewish Religious Denominations presented by Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl, Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Beth-El, San Antonio, Texas. Today, the differences among the three major non-Orthodox Jewish denominations (Conservative, Reform, and Re-constructionist) are not nearly as sharp as they were years ago. Many Jews who join synagogues now identify themselves as, "Just Jewish," and eschew being labeled. This phenomenon raises the question about the fate and future of these religious expressions of Judaism in their present forms. At the same time, Orthodoxy's future seems more certain. It has grown stronger and has attracted scores of Jews who previously were secular and non-observant. This development calls for a careful analysis. Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl became Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth‑El, in San Antonio, Texas, in 2002, after serving 26 years as Senior Rabbi. He holds an earned doctorate from HUC-JIR, as well as two honorary doctorates, including one from Oblate School of Theology, a Roman Catholic graduate school in San Antonio. Rabbi Stahl is deeply committed to enhancing interfaith relations. He is the first Jewish leader to receive religious leadership awards from the Texas Conference of Churches and the San Antonio Community of Churches. He has served on a number of organizational boards in the Jewish and general communities, both on the local and national levels. For six years, he was editor of the Journal of Reform Judaism, now the CCAR Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He is also the author of Making the Timeless Timely: Thoughts and Reflections of a Contemporary Reform Rabbi. His second book is titled Boundaries, Not Barriers: Some Uniquely Jewish Perspectives on Life. Speakers: Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl Date: February 05, 2015 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 66 mins
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6/2/2016 9:11:41 PM
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The New Jewish/Catholic Relationship After 50 Years
A few months ago marked the golden jubilee of the Second Vatican Council document, Nostrd Actatc, which brought about a new relationship between Jews and Catholics. Various organizations from both communities issued statements reflecting on the live decades of what Pope Francis has called our "journey of friendship." Rabbi Rosen and Dr. Cunningham will offer their own perspectives on this journey and converse about the paths ahead Speakers: Rabbi David Rosen & Dr. Philip A. Cunningham Date: March 08, 2016 Location: Scanlan Room Length: 69 mins
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3/8/2016 5:25:00 PM
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The World is Built on Hesed: Towards a Jewish Theology of Lovingkindness
According to Jewish theology, “walking in God’s ways” is the highest level a human being can reach. For the Talmudic Sages, becoming like God consists of compassion, empathy, and presence with people in moments of suffering and vulnerability. In this lecture. Rabbi Held constructs a Jewish theology and spirituality of Hesed, lovingkindness, and explore their implications for religious life and the building of nurturing, dignity-affirming communities. He also explores creation and covenant as the two paths to lovingkindness in Jewish thought. Speakers: Rabbi Shai Held Date: February 12, 2014 Location: Cullen Hall Length: 88 mins
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6/2/2016 6:56:32 PM
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