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Tracing a Tradition: Four Millenia of Interpreting Shema Yisrael

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Wednesday, 25 November, 2020 9 Kislev 5781 - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Zoom
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Using the insight that Judaism is “the evolving religious civilization of the Jewish People” we will look at the six words of “Shema Yisrael/Listen, Israel!” as a case study. 

Beginning with the biblical period, then the rabbinic, medieval, modern and contemporary periods, we will look at law and legends; philosophy and mysticism; hasidic, feminist and academic interpretations.

We will see the ways that the Shema has been a symbolic statement capable of holding multiple layers of meaning across generations of Jewish commentary.  

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