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Visiting Scholar: Dr. Geoffrey Herman

Saturday, April 28

We welcome Dr. Geoffrey Herman, who will deliver two lectures on this Shabbat.

 

 

Following Morning Services

Talmudic Archaeology: The Quest for Ancient Jewish Remains in Iraq 

Searching for ancient Jewish remains from Babylonia has had to be conducted from a distance. But new discoveries and new methods of reading already familiar sources have totally revolutionized our understanding of Jewish society in the period when the Talmud was written.  

Afternoon Class at 6:25 PM:

King David the Falcon-hunter: On Persian Motifs in the Babylonian Talmud 

Talmudic Rabbis retell biblical accounts inspired by the prevalent culture and literary models. This lecture explores the unique way Talmudic narrative balances its intended Jewish message through a Persian medium.

 

Dr. Geoffrey Herman is a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He researches the Jews of ancient Babylonia in the Talmud era, and its neighboring religious and cultural world. The recipient of the Bertel and Eliezer Shimshon Rosenthal Prize for Talmudic Scholarship in 2015, he has been a Starr fellow at Harvard and a visiting professor at Cornell. He holds a Ph.D. in Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Revolutionary War Torah Scrolls

In 1776, several British soldiers desecrated two of Shearith Israel’s Torah scrolls.

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Commemorative Synagogue Plates

Plates depicting Shearith Israel's five historic synagogue buildings as well the Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI.

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