May 7, 2013 1:00:00 PM
End: May 17, 2013 7:30:00 PM
Location: various venues, UCL Bloomsbury Campus More...
The panel investigates shifts in the role of the Holocaust in European public debates in the recent past. Contrasting developments in Poland, Germany, and Great Britain, we will identify common threads as well as differences in perceiving, presenting, memorizing the mass murder of European Jewries.
The Yiddish Forverts has recently published a report from the Graduate Student Conference on ‘Jewish Spirituality in Eastern Europe – a Textual Perspective,’ held at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL on 6-7 June, 2012. The article, authored by conference participant Adi Mahalel (Columbia University), is available online on the website of the Forverts: http://yiddish.forward.com/node/4589 More...
Over a period of three years, the Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department at UCL has been cooperating in a research project devoted to 'Cultural Continuitiy in the Diaspora: Paris and Berlin in 1917-1937', based at the Department of European Studies and Modern Languages, University of Bath, and in cooperation with the Centre for European and International Studies at the University of Portsmouth. The project had been funded by the Leverhulme Trust Academic Collaboration-International Network scheme. Among the initiators of the project had been the late John D. Klier. More...
The Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL is pleased to announce plans for an International Graduate Student Conference, devoted to explorations of multiple aspects of Jewish spirituality in Eastern Europe, to be held on 5th and 6th of June 2012 in London. The conference organizers invite graduate students and recent PhD holders to submit their proposals. We welcome presentations addressing any aspect of the religious history and religious culture of Eastern European Jewry, with an emphasis on their textual products. We are particularly interested in proposals which open up new perspectives and pose new questions regarding conceptual frameworks and traditional definitions used to describe Eastern Europe in the field of Jewish Studies. Topics may include:
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Dr Tali (Naftali) Loewenthal is Lecturer in Jewish Spirituality. Born in Haifa, he was brought up in London, attending Hackney Downs School. He studied Hebrew Literature and Jewish History at University College London (1968-71), followed by a PhD on Hasidism (1981). He is the author of Communicating the Infinite: the Emergence of the Habad School (University of Chicago Press: Chicago, 1990) and many articles, both academic and popular.
Dr Loewenthal lectures part-time in the Department on topics in Jewish Spirituality such as Hasidic Prayer, Rabbinic Eschatology and the concept of Jewish Self-Sacrifice. However his main focus for the past few years has been on Hasidism and modernity, since he has been working on a broad research project on this theme and writing a book about it.
The students taking this course are therefore helping to produce a book. This will hopefully be published with the title Hippy in the Mikveh.
Tali Loewenthal frequently lectures at academic conferences, in this country and abroad. His wife Kate-Miriam is Professor of Psychology at Royal Holloway University of London. They are both active members of the Chabad-Lubavitch educational movement and have a large family.
- Communicating the Infinite: the emergence of the Habad school (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990).
- "Self-Sacrifice of the Zaddik in the Teachings of R. Dov Ber, the Mitteler Rebbe" in Ada Rapoport-Albert and Steve Zipperstein (eds.), Jewish History, essays in Honour of Chimen Abramsky (Peter Halban: London, 1988), pp. 457-94.
- "'Reason' and 'Beyond Reason' in Habad Hasidism", in Moshe Hallamish (ed.), Alei Shefer, studies in the literature of Jewish thought presented to Rabbi Dr Alexandre Safran (Bar-Ilan University Press: Jerusalem, 1990), pp. 109-126.
- “Contemporary Habad and the Paradox of Redemption”, in Alfred Ivry, Elliot R. Wolfson, Allan Arkush (eds.), Perspectives on Jewish Thought and Mysticism (Harwood Academic Publishers: Amsterdam, 1998) 381-402.
- "Women and the Dialectic of Spirituality in Hasidism" in I. Etkes, D. Assaf, I. Bartal, E. Reiner (eds.), Within Hasidic Circles, Studies in Hasidism in Memory of Mordecai Wilensky (The Bialik Institute: Jerusalem, 1999), pp. 7*-65* (English section of volume).