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Conversations on Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza

United Hebrew, Temple Israel, and the Center for Jewish Learning present

Conversations on Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza

March 9-10, 2019

Steven Nadler, Ph.D., and Rabbi Allan Nadler, Ph.D.
All sessions moderated by Cantor-Rabbi Ron Eichaker

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Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza was excommunicated by the Amsterdam Portuguese-Jewish community in the 17th century. In this series of conversations, Professor Steven Nadler, one of the world’s leading authorities on Spinoza, and Rabbi Alan Nadler, past director of YIVO, will consider various aspects of Spinoza’s life and philosophy as it relates to Jewish thought and life.

 

SPINOZA’S HERESY AND HERESY IN JEWISH HISTORY

Saturday, March 9 at 12:30 pm at United Hebrew Congregation (13788 Conway Rd.)

SPINOZA’S RECEPTION AMONG HIS CONTEMPORARIES AND IN LATER YIDDISH CULTURE            

Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 pm at Congregation Temple Israel (#1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr.)

IS SPINOZA A JEWISH PHILOSOPHER?

Sunday, March 10 at 1:30 pm at Kaplan Feldman Complex (12 Millstone Campus Dr.)

 

Steven Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy, the Evjue-Bascom Professor in Humanities, and the Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His books include Menasseh ben Israel: Rabbi of Amsterdam); The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes; Spinoza: A Life; and more. With his son, Ben Nadler, he produced the graphic book Heretics!: The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy.

 

Allan Nadler is Wallerstein Professor Emeritus at Drew University.  He is the author of Faith of the Mithnaghim: Rabbinic Responses to Hasidic Rapture and The Hasidim in America. An ordained rabbi, Dr. Nadler served the Charles River Park Synagogue in Boston and Congregation Shaar Hashonmayim in Westmount (Montreal), and was also the Director of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Contact Kathy Schmeltz for any questions or additional information at 314-442-3761 or KSchmeltz@JFedSTL.org.

This program is generously funded by the Ruzena and Fred Levy Speaker Fund of United Hebrew Congregation and the Center for Jewish Learning’s Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series.


Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series is generously funded by the Lubin-Green Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

The Sh’ma: Listen! Speakers Series promotes engagement with a wide spectrum of ideas as a means to deepen our community’s education and commitment to Jewish life. The views expressed by speakers are their own and not necessarily those of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis or the Center for Jewish Learning.

Sh’ma: Listen! Advisory Committee Chair
Rabbi Jeffrey Stiffman

Staff
Rabbi Tracy Nathan, Senior Educator, Center for Jewish Learning
Cyndee Levy, Director, Center for Jewish Learning

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
Gerald P. Greiman, Board Chair
Andrew Rehfeld, President & CEO

 

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