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Faculty/Graduate Student Seminar, 2006

Sharon DiFino, "Before Anne Frank: Jewish Women Writers in Germany and the Netherlands from the 18th Century to WWII", Wednesday, October 25th.
Professor Difino will discuss her book project on European Jewish Intellectual Life which focuses mainly on Jewish women writers and activists in Berlin and Amsterdam from the late 18th century up until WWII.

Sharon M. DiFino is an Associate Professor of Germanic Studies in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies. Her research interests include language acquisition and pedagogy as well as cultural and literary history of Germany and the Netherlands.

Motti Inbari, "Gush Emunim's Rabbinic Responses to the Disengagement", Wednesday, October 25th.
In August 2005, Israel vacated the Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip - mainly in Gush Katif - as well as four settlements in northern Samaria. This action, known as the "Disengagement," constituted a profound crisis for a significant section of the Israeli population that is most closely identified with religious Zionism and with the settlement movement in the Territories. The crisis was not only on the national level, as the state destroyed communities that it had established and nurtured for decades, but also on the community level, as thousands of people were removed from their homes. The Disengagement also caused a religious crisis, testing the very foundation of the beliefs that had guided the political and religious behavior of this section of the population.

Motti Inbari (Ph.D. Hebrew University ) is the Schusterman Visiting Israel Scholar, Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida. He is currently revising his dissertation King, Sanhedrin and Temple: Contemporary Movements Seeking to Establish a "Torah State" and Rebuild the Third Temple 1984-2004. Inbari is the co-editor of "Who Is a Jew" in Our Days? Discussions on Jewish Identity (Tel Aviv: 2005) and The War of Gog and Magog: Messianism and Apocalypse in the Past and in Modern Times (Tel Aviv: 2001). The talk addresses the theological dilemmas raised by Israel's withdrawal plan and reveals a widening fault line within the dominant school of Mercaz Harav Yeshiva-one of the most important educational institutions of modern religious Zionism-regarding the question of the status and religious significance of a Zionist state in light of a volatile reality. The talk examines how a group of Zionist rabbis in response to profound disillusionment with the behavior of the state, moved towards a religious radicalization as a way of coping with their feelings of religious and messianic failure.

Faculty/Graduate Student Seminar, 2007

Jack Kugelmass, Wednesday, January 31st. More info TBA.

Matt Jacobs, Wednesday, March 7th. More info TBA.

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