Upcoming Online Lectures from the Klau Library, HUC-JIR

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Please join us for the following lectures:

For more information please contact Jeanie Rosensaft<jrosensaft@huc.edu>

IMAGINING ESTHER: THE SPLENDID ILLUSTRATED ESTHER SCROLLS IN THE HUC COLLECTION

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET

Sharon Liberman Mintz, Curator of Jewish Art, The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary; Senior Consultant/Judaica, Sotheby’s New York

Explore the history and art of Esther scrolls, created and used for the celebration of Purim, which often feature a cycle of elaborate and fascinating illustrations and the interplay of text and images. While the format of the scroll was maintained for this biblical book, for centuries the artists of these scrolls readily adopted the predominant aesthetic traditions into their decoration, reflecting a rich variety of artistic styles along with the continuity of the scribal traditions.

Presented by the Klau Library. Register for this special session here. 


 

KASHRUTH (JEWISH DIETARY LAWS), COMMUNITY, AND CONTROL: SHEHITAH (RITUAL SLAUGHTER) MANUALS AND THEIR AFTERLIVES IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE

Monday, March 1, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET

Dr. Joshua Teplitsky, Associate Professor of History, Stony Brook University

How did someone learn to be a kosher butcher in early modern Europe, and what sort of material traces remain from that process? Manuals for ritual slaughterers were a remarkably popular genre in Jewish printing in the early modern period. While these books might appear to be "do it yourself" guides to preparing kosher meat, the handwritten inscriptions in the margins and blank pages allow us to reconstruct the process by which someone studied and was certified to be a shohet (ritual slaughterer). Discover how print and manuscript culture interacted in the transmission of practical instruction and of "book learning" and learn about the upheavals caused by cases of forgery, deception, and fraud amidst Jewish efforts at regulating, certifying, and controlling the production of kosher meat in modern Europe.   

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Silk and Ink: Hebrew Printing and Commercial Networks in Early Modern Bologna 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET

Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot, Ph.D., Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual History, HUC/New York

Jews were early adopters of the technology of printing. Encounter the identities of some of these innovators – a small group of Jewish silk weavers in the city of Bologna, including Italian Jews, Ashkenazim, and Sephardi exiles, who produced an eclectic mix of nine books over four years, from 1536 to 1540. While these works have merited some attention from bibliographers, the printers themselves, and their place in the Jewish communal and commercial life of Bologna, are a new realm of scholarly and historical analysis.  

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A SPARK OF KING DAVID: RABBI ISRAEL NAJARA'S POETRY AND MUSIC

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET

Edwin Seroussi, Emanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Director, Jewish Music Research Centre

The attraction of modern audiences to the songs of Rabbi Israel Najara (c.1550-1625) serves as a point of departure for a journey into one of the most intriguing artists of the early modern period. Najara was a unique figure in the history of piyyut (Jewish liturgical poems, usually designated to be sung, chanted, or recited during religious services), a tradition active in Safed, Damascus, and Gaza. Discover Manuscript 2035 in HUC’s renowned Klau Library – a collection of Hebrew sacred poetry arranged to the musical nodes of Turkish music dating to the 17th century, particularly the poetry of Rabbi Najara – and enjoy poems that are sung to this day in synagogues and Jewish homes. 

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EVERY BOOK HAS A STORY: THE STORY OF ALPHA BETAH OF BEN SIRA 

Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET

Yoram Bitton, Director of Libraries, HUC 

More than 500 years ago, a contentious and unsettling book representative of what today we would call Pulp Fiction was published. Entitled Alpha Betah of Ben Sira, it was printed for the first time in Constantinople in 1519, became very popular, and was reprinted many times in the 16th century. Through this book’s fascinating story and its social-historical context, glimpse one of the treasures among the more than one million collection items preserved on HUC’s library shelves. 

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TEMPLES AND TABERNACLES: HOW THE ANCIENT ISRAELITES WORSHIPPED

Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET

Dr. David Ilan, Director, Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, HUC/Jerusalem

Chapters 25-27 of the Book of Exodus (Parashat Terumah) contain a very detailed description of the Tabernacle in the Sinai desert and how the Israelites – priests and lay people – were instructed to carry out the Tabernacle rituals.  Later, in II Kings 6, Solomon’s Temple is described in detail and prescriptions for ritual action in the Temple then appear throughout Exodus and Leviticus. Through the presentation of visual reconstructions of these edifices and rituals and parallels from Egypt, Syria, and beyond, learn about the historical and social implications of Israelite ritual, how things changed radically with the destruction of the First Temple, and how the biblical prescriptions are relevant today. 

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Keywords: Judaic studies