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October 2020

The Song of Songs: A Biography

October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
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Ilana Pardes (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) in conversation with┬áRobert Alter (UC Berkeley), Ron Hendel (UC Berkeley), Chana Kronfeld (UC Berkeley) The Song of Songs: A Biography The Song of Songs has been embraced for centuries as the ultimate song of love. But the kind of love readers have found in this ancient poem is strikingly varied. Ilana Pardes invites us to explore the dramatic shift from readings of the Song as a poem on divine love to celebrations of its…

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November 2020

Voices of the Ritual: Devotion to Female Saints and Shrines in the Holy Land

November 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Nurit Stadler (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) in conversation with┬áRon Hassner (UC Berkeley) Voices of the Ritual, published with Oxford Universtiy Press is an analysis of the revival of rituals performed at female saint shrines in the Middle East. In the midst of turbulent political contention over land and borders, Nurit Stadler shows, religious minorities lay claim to space through rituals enacted at sacred spaces in the Holy Land. Using ethnographic analysis, Stadler explores the rise of these rituals, their focus…

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Life in Citations: Biblical Narratives and Contemporary Hebrew Culture

November 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Life in Citations: Biblical Narratives and Contemporary Hebrew Culture Ruth Tsoffar (author) in a conversation with Chana Kronfeld and Naomi Seidman In Life in Citations, I tell a complicated story about the relationship of secular Israelis to biblical narratives. From the early days of Zionism, the Bible has wielded an immense constitutive power as the primal script, giving birth to nation, selfhood and collective consciousness. The story of the twentieth- century arrival to Zion was conflated with the story of…

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