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Conference at Ben-Gurion University

This is a conference whose proceedings I would love to see published.

GOLDSTEIN-GOREN INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR JEWISH THOUGHT
BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

JEWISH THOUGHT AND JEWISH BELIEF

18-20 SIVAN 5770
31.5.2010 . 2.6.2010
THE MARCUS FAMILY CAMPUS – CONFERENCE HALL BARKAN ( KENASIM BET)
BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV
BEER-SHEVA

Monday, May 31 2010
18:00
Opening Session
Chair: Gerald J. Blidstein, Ben-Gurion University

Greetings
Rivka Carmi, President, Ben-Gurion University
Haim Kreisel, Chair, Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish
Thought

Moshe Halbertal, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Between Jewish Studies and Jewish Religion

Tuesday, June 1 2010
9:30 – 11:30
Second Session: Bible
Chair: Avigdor Victor Hurowitz, Ben-Gurion University

Greetings: Jimmy Weinblatt, Rector, Ben-Gurion University

Baruch. J. Schwartz, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Contribution of Biblical Criticism to our Understanding of Matan
Torah, Past and Present

Tova Ganzel, Bar-Ilan University
“He who Restrains his Lips is Wise” (Proverbs 10: 19) . True or False?

James Kugel, Bar-Ilan University
Biblical Criticism and Traditional Judaism: Can They Make Peace with Each
Other?

12:00 – 14:00
Third Session: Rabbinic Thought
Chair: Uri Ehrlich, Ben-Gurion University

David Rosenthal, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Incorrect Versions and Erroneous Terminology that have Penetrated Some
Halakhic Literature

Simcha Emanuel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Pseudo-Scientific Innovations in the Thirteenth Century and their Impact
on the Halakhic Decisions of the Tosafists

David Stern, University of Pennsylvania
Rabbinics and Jewish Identity: From the American Perspective (E)

15:30 – 17:30
Fourth Session: Medieval Philosophy
Chair: Menachem Kellner, Haifa University and Shalem Center

Esti Eisenmann, Open University
The Limits of the Intellect: Between Rationalism and Arationalism

Hannah Kasher, Bar-Ilan University
“The Philosophers Never Believed in Anything” (Arama): Between Philosophy
and Heresy in Medieval Jewish Philosophy

Haim Kreisel, Ben-Gurion University
Between Religion and Science: The Jewish Encyclopedias in the Middle Ages

18:00 – 20:00
Fifth Session: Jewish Thought in Israeli Education

Chair: Rami Reiner, Ben-Gurion University

Panel with the participation of:
Moshe Lichtenstein, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva Har-Etzion, Alon Shvut
Ruth Calderon, Chair, Alma College, Tel-Aviv
Adena Bar Shalom, Director, Haredi College, Jerusalem
Jeremy Stavisky, Principal, Himmelfarb High-School, Jerusalem

Wednesday, June 2 2010
9:30 – 11:30
Sixth Session: Esoteric Doctrines
Chair: Bracha Sack, Ben-Gurion University

Yuval Harari, Ben-Gurion University
Between Magic and Practical Kabbalah: Preliminary Reflections

Oded Israeli, Ben-Gurion University
For Whom Has the ‘Concealed Light’ Been Reserved?: The Place of Myth in
the World of the Kabbalists

David Zori, Ben-Gurion University
Critical Scholarship and Philosophical Inquiry as Means toward the Service
of God: The Teachings of Harav Shagar and their Influence

12:00 – 14:00
Seventh Session: Modern Jewish Thought
Chair: Nicham Ross, Ben-Gurion University

Einat Ramon, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem
Biblical Criticism and the Authority of the Torah :The Creative Tension in
the Writings of Mordecai Kaplan, Max Kadushin, Abraham Joshua Heschel and
Yochanan Muffs

Yehoyada Amir, Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem
Wissenschaft des Judentums, Philosophy and Religious Writings in Nachman
Krochmal’s Work

Zeev Gries, Ben-Gurion University
Zionism, Nationalism and Religion in the Writings of “Rav Zair” (Chaim
Tchernowitz)

15:30 – 17:30
Eighth Session: Contemporary Trends
Chair: Adiel Kadari, Ben-Gurion University

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Arizona State University
Jewish Environmentalism: Bridging Scholarship, Faith, and Activism (E)

Asher Cohen, Bar-Ilan University
Has the Sanctity of Statism Been Breached? Processes and Trends in
Religious Zionism

Boaz Huss, Ben-Gurion University
The Theologies of the Research of Jewish Mysticism

18:00 – 20:00
Ninth Session: Jewish Thought and Jewish Belief (in English)
Chair: Daniel J. Lasker, Ben-Gurion University

Marc B. Shapiro, University of Scranton
Issues of Dogma in Recent Orthodox Literature

David Shatz, Yeshiva University
The Changing Face of Torah u-Madda

Menachem Kellner, Haifa University and Shalem Center
Measure for Measure: How Rambam Read the Rabbis and How Rabbis Read Rambam

4 Responses to “Conference at Ben-Gurion University”

  1. 1
    Yitzhak:

    Quite a lineup, indeed, and some fascinating topics.

  2. 2
    tk:

    who do we have to petition to see the conference published?

  3. 3
    Menachem Mendel:

    BGU has been very good about publishing the proceedings of conferences and I hope that this will continue.

  4. 4
    Asher Binyamin:

    You don’t need a petition.
    The book will be published in the Goldstein-Goren Library of Jewish Thought.
    http://hsf.bgu.ac.il/cjt/files/library.html
    All the lectures will be recorded and videos will be in the Goldstein-Goren Site within two months

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