CFA: Berlin Master Class on Modern Talmudic Hermeneutics for Early-Career Scholars

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Call for Applications:

Master Class on Modern Talmudic Hermeneutics

December 6-10, 2021

Katholische Akademie Berlin

With Oded Schechter and Elchanan Reiner

Submission Date: 31.8.2021

The Berlin Center for Intellectual Diaspora invites graduate students and early-career scholars to submit applications to participate in a master class on modern talmudic hermeneutics, which will take place on December 6-10, 2021, at the Katholische Akademie Berlin. The organizers will take care of accommodation and may partly reimburse travel costs upon request.

The master class will consist in text study led by two instructors. Elchanan Reiner (Tel Aviv University, emer.; The National Library of Israel) will focus on the origins of modern talmudic interpretation in the invention of print especially in Central and Eastern European study. Oded Schechter (Makhloykes Berlin) will focus on the hermeneutic break reflected in the new Lithuanian study of the 19th and 20th century, especially of Chaim Halevi Soloveitchik.

While discussions will be held in English, participants are required to have basic reading proficiency in rabbinic Hebrew and Aramaic and basic familiarity with talmudic texts. The program is explicitly open to researchers also in fields beyond rabbinics, and scholars in other areas of Jewish thought, philosophy, hermeneutics, literature, religion, history or culture are encouraged to apply.

Applications should include a short covering letter (max. 1 page) and a short CV (max. 2 pages) and be sent by August 31, 2021, to Elad Lapidot at

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