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Sunday, June 17
 

9:30am

Between the head and the heart: rationalism and mysticism in Judaism and Islam
Have you ever felt the allure of the esoteric? Or perhaps you feel that intellectual rigour is lacking from religion? In this session, Haroon Moghul and Raphael Dascalu present their perspectives on the relationship between rationalism and mysticism in Islamic and Jewish traditions, and engage in a lively dialogue about the roles that these orientations can play in our own lives.

Speakers
avatar for Raf Dascalu

Raf Dascalu

Raphael is a native of Sydney, currently residing in Melbourne. After studying at the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he completed his PhD at the University of Chicago, focusing on medieval Jewish history and philosophy. He has studied at Yeshivat Hakibbutz... Read More →
avatar for Haroon Moghul

Haroon Moghul

Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at Shalom Hartman Institute of N.A.
Haroon Moghul is a writer, commentator and educator. He's the Fellow in Jewish—Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and teaches at the Columbia University School of Journalism. His most recent book is How to be a Muslim: An American Story.


Sunday June 17, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
HAIFA ROOM

10:45am

Judaism and the postcolonial challenge: surprising resources from traditional texts
What do Judaism and postcolonial theory have to say to one another? In this session, we'll consider the disturbing history of Jewish texts, particularly the Bible, in colonial expansion; the political aims of postcolonial movements; and the unexpected ways that classical Jewish texts can contribute to postcolonial philosophies and practices.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Filler

Emily Filler

Chair and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Earlham College
Emily is Chair and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Earlham College, Indiana, where she teaches modern philosophy and ethics alongside Jewish text. A PhD from the University of Virginia, she is particularly interested in the possibility that ‘troubling texts’ — violent... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
HAIFA ROOM

1:45pm

A chavruta with the Fuhrer: Nazi readings of the Talmud
Between 1933 and 1945 German publishing houses produced a large body of scholarly literature that sought to vilify and discredit the Talmud. Often sordid or scatological, this material bequeathed to the German-speaking public a disreputable array of supposedly kosher beliefs and opinions. In this session we will explore — referring to specific examples of Nazi compositions — the ways in which German scholars deliberately ‘doctored’ the text and the ways they decontextualized it.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Holloway

Simon Holloway

Simon has a PhD in Classical Hebrew and Biblical Studies, for which he researched the use of metaphors in the Hebrew Bible. He currently works as an Education Officer at the Sydney Jewish Museum, running seminars on Nazi racial science and the Holocaust, but his research concerns... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
HAIFA ROOM

3:00pm

The meaning of biblical violence: wrestling with the Bible's worst texts
The Jewish Bible is literarily complex, poetic, profound — and frequently violent. This session explores some of the Bible's most famously bloody passages and their significance for readers past and present. How have classical interpreters and modern philosophers tried to understand, re-interpret, or ignore the deeply troubling character of some biblical passages? And what virtues, if any, could there be in having a frequently violent Bible?

Speakers
avatar for Emily Filler

Emily Filler

Chair and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Earlham College
Emily is Chair and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Earlham College, Indiana, where she teaches modern philosophy and ethics alongside Jewish text. A PhD from the University of Virginia, she is particularly interested in the possibility that ‘troubling texts’ — violent... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
ARAD ROOM