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Congregational Learning: History Through Text

Jewish Life in the Middle Ages

History Through Text is a seminar to be offered throughout the year, taught by Rabbi Kulwin. Taught in blocks, each class will also be a stand-alone unit, so that an inability to attend all (or even most) of the sessions will not be an impediment to an enjoyable and stimulating learning experience.

History Through Text: Jewish Life in the Middle Ages
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7:00 PM

We began as a people in Biblical times and the laws that guide us come from the time of the Talmud, some 1,500 years ago. But only after that, in the Middle Ages did our worship, customs and traditions began to take the form we recognize today.

What was it like to be a Jew then? Was there always anti-Semitism? Where did Jews live? How did they earn their livelihood, what languages did they speak and what was family life like? What special issues did medieval women face? Through a close reading of texts from the period – personal letters, diaries, journals, rabbinic rulings, government edicts and other documents – we’ll explore just what it was like to be a Jew during this pivotal time.


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