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Kabbalah, Modernity, and Textual Authority in 19th Century Jewish Lithuania
February 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Presented by Brian Hillman, Indiana University
This talk explores how two nineteenth-century Lithuanian rabbis, R. Yitzhak Isaac Haver and R. David Luria, defended the authority of Kabbalah. In the mid-nineteenth century, Kabbalah’s textual and philosophical foundations were newly under attack from academic scholarship and modernizing Jews. In their defense of Kabbalah, Haver and Luria engaged with fundamental questions about the nature of knowledge and the stature of sacred texts. Using their defenses of tradition, I propose a new understanding of traditional Jewish intellectual life, one that appreciates an openness to intellectual innovation while defending the authority of tradition.
UB Clemens Hall 904
Presented by the Department of Jewish Thought