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Midrash: between Presence and Absence, Dr. Dina Stein (University of Haifa)

The Gabriel Urwitz Jewish Studies Lecture Library

Two very different rabbinic texts stand at the center of this talk: the first is a poetic list of five inaudible voices which run from one end of the world to the other (from Pirke deRabbi Eliezer); the second is a rabbinic Narcissus-like tale in which a high priest and a nazirite meet (here cited from the Babylonian Talmud). Both texts exhibit the fine and fraught line separating presence and absence which many rabbinic text grapple, from various thematic and poetic vantage points.

Dr. Dina Stein earned her Ph.D. in the Dept. of Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew University where she. She teaches rabbinic and folk literature at the Dept. of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of Haifa.

Time: 18:00-19:00
Place: The Jewish Library of Stockholm, Wahrendorffsg. 3
Admission: Free
Please notify alexander.freudenthal[at]jfst.se
In cooperation with the Great Synagogue in Stockholm.