Master Class: Navigating Conflict

Co-Sponsored by JTS@PAS
PAS Master Class: Navigating Conflicts in Traditional Jewish Cultures
Tuesdays | December 6, January 10, February 7 | 7:00-8:30 pm
Dr. Benjamin Gampel

Jews in traditional societies and cultures were compelled to navigate conflicts with their Christian and Muslim overlords, as well as negotiate tensions within the Jewish community. In this four part series, we will turn our attention to how Jews responded to the daily challenge of living as a Jew through an investigation into clashes over holy sites, disputes over ritual behavior, contention over religious and political responses to the surrounding society, and arguments over the creation and maintenance of communal boundaries.

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BENJAMIN GAMPEL is the Dina and Eli Field Family Chair in Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary. He specializes in the history of the Jews of the medieval and early modern world. For his first book, The Last Jews on Iberian Soil (University of California Press, 1989), Dr. Gampel spent almost a year in Spain researching local archives. After much work, Dr. Gampel was able to re-create some of the long-forgotten history of the Jews of the Iberian Peninsula. Subsequently, Dr. Gampel edited the volume Crisis and Creativity in the Sephardic World. Dr. Gampel recently returned to the Spanish archives, and completed Anti-Jewish Riots in the Crown of Aragon and the Royal Response, 1391-1392, which treats the riots and forced conversions in the Iberian peninsula, and the effects of those late-14th-century events on the course of Sephardic history. Dr. Gampel is among a small group of educators dedicated to bringing the history of the Jews to a wide public audience.

Session Topics:
December 6: Women and the Obligation to Light Candles on Friday evening: A Story about Rabbis, Karaites, and Original Sin
January 10: Messianism and the Jews: Fulfillment or Betrayal?
February 7: Heresy and Community: The Case of Barukh/Benedictus Spinoza