Radical Readings Lecture Series

This new five-part series will look at traditional Jewish texts from the areas of Tanakh, Talmud, Halacha, and Hasidic Thought with an eye to the politically and ethically progressive and mind-bending.

2018 Lectures:

Feb 1        The Bible [Tanakh] as Radical Politics

The Hebrew Bible, or Tanakh, has often been used as a reactionary text in the hands of the establishment. In its original context, it was a radical envisioning of a progressive society.  Spend an evening touring the Tanakh as a radical political document and discover what it can still teach us today.

Mar 8       Jews and Sex: Visionary Insights and Tragic Failures – 7 PM

How did the Hebrew Bible and the early literature of the Mishna and Talmud introduce revolutionary ideas on sex and gender?  How did tradition fail to put these insights and intentions into practice?  Almost certain to change your understanding of ancient Torah literature and its relation to current issues around sexuality and gender.

Apr 5        Infinite Fruit: Reading the Talmud with Emanuel Levinas

May 10     Life and Death are in the Tongue: Insights on Ethical Speech from Jewish Law

Jun 7        Heretical Hasids: Radical Theologies in the Heart of Jewish Mysticism

 Matthew Gindin is a  journalist and educator who has taught on Jewish culture for more than a decade. 

Tickets $20

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