Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue May 14 2019 .
Capital One Cafe, Harvard Square
This class seeks to simultaneously lean in and transcend the political environment around Israel by unpacking Israel’s historical and contemporary geopolitical landscape. Using primary sources, students will think critically about the relationship between Israel, it’s neighbors, and the international community. The course will pay special attention to Israel’s major wars, international law, and geostrategic realism. By the end of the course, students will be able to reason through multiple historical narratives as they pertain to the Israeli-Arab and Israeli-Palestinian conflict....Read more about Pita & Politics
Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue May 14 2019 except Tue Mar 19 2019.
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Harvard Hillel, 52 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Each week, we will study a different responsa from Rabbi Chaim David Halevi. Born in Jerusalem, Rabbi Halevi (1924-1990) became the Sefardi Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv. He was a prolific scholar whose works include the 9-volume set of responsa Aseh L'cha Rav. He wrote on a wide range of Halakhic topics and is often cited for his work on halakha and the Jewish state. Rabbi Halevi was awarded the Israel Prize in 1997.
This talk attempts to uncover the original intent of the author of the Esther Scroll, a story quite different than the one presented by the rabbinic interpretation that made of Purim what it is. Both readings are valid: the first warns, by means of satire, that Jews must live in their own land under the kingship of God, while the latter presents a victory story demonstrating how Jews can survive as a minority in the Diaspora.