Public Dialogue: Can Judaism Survive a Jewish State?

Top Pick April 13, 2016 Brookline Free
A model of a Hasmonean palace in Jerusalem (Photo: Berthold Werner)
A model of a Hasmonean palace in Jerusalem (Photo: Berthold Werner)

With featured speakers: Daniel Schwartz (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), Robert Doran (Amherst College), & Jonathan Klawans (Boston University).

From 586 BCE until the rise of modern Israel in 1948, a politically autonomous Jewish state existed for just 80 years, in Judea under Hasmonean rule. How have experiences of political autonomy and foreign rule shaped Judaism?

We first consider the very different perspectives found in two ancient books: First Maccabees presents the Hasmoneans’ achievement of political autonomy as evidence of supreme piety; Second Maccabees, in contrast, emphasizes cultic practice and extreme personal devotion, but shows little interest in Hasmonean rule. Do the differences reflect disagreements about the nature of piety and its relationship to politics? Can a historical perspective help clarify problematic relationships between religious freedom, political power, and land in our own time?

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
* Registration closes on April 11th
Congregation Kehillath Israel
384 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446

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