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A People with a Past: The Idea of History in Modern Jewish Thought

How have Jewish thinkers defined the relationship between the modern Jewish individual, the Jewish people, and the Jewish past?
Claire E. Sufrin is Senior Editor at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she edits Sources: A Journal of Jewish Ideas and the Notes from the Field blog. Claire earned a PhD in Religious Studies from Stanford University, where her research focused on the German-Jewish thinker Martin Buber, and a BA in Religious Studies from Yale University.  Before joining Hartman in 2022, Claire taught in the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern

When we think about our Jewishness, we often focus on our individual or family background, belief or practice. But how should we think about the Jewishness of the Jewish people as a whole?

Over 2 sessions, Claire Sufrin examines thinkers for whom being a Jew meant being part of a larger collective, a group formed through history, to see how they defined the relationship between the modern Jewish individual, the Jewish people, and the Jewish past.

Session 1

This session aired on July 20, 2022.

Session 2

This session aired on July 27, 2022.

This series is part of Ideas for Today, our offering of  curated courses led by leading scholars addressing the compelling contemporary Jewish issues of the day.

 

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