Roz and Ralph Halbert Lecture Series: Lee Levine

Please join us for the first lecture in our three-part series:

Lee Levine (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), "Jews and Judaism in Palestine (70–640CE): A New Historical Paradigm"

Until recently, this almost 600-year period has been viewed in Jewish history as one of unmitigated decline and eclipse. The failed revolts of 66–70 and 132–135, and the rise of Christianity in the fourth century, were followed by the disappearance of the rabbis from the literary sources and the cessation of the Patriarchate in the fifth century. It was widely assumed that, at this point, Jewish life in Palestine all but disappeared for centuries. The picture of decline has been challenged of late from two very different directions. One is the addition of new evidence that paints Jewish life as one of vitality, creativity, and growth. This includes a wealth of archaeological discoveries as well as a trove of Genizah documents relating to this era. The other is the realization that the traditional sources for this period, almost exclusively Christian, should be seen as largely tendentious and polemical, often distorting the degree of hostility toward and marginalization of the Jews. This lecture will offer an alternative understanding of this era, one of ill will and discrimination toward the Jews, on the one hand, and their concomitant resilience and creativity, on the other.

Presented by Beth Tzedec Congregation, Canadian Friends of Hebrew University, and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies

Date & Time
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 4:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street