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The Jewish Calendar: How Sacred Time Shapes and Reshapes National Identity


December 9-12
Noam Zion

The Jewish calendar is a key prism for understanding a Jewish national identity which is enacted in ritual, dramatically retold in narrative and handed-on to the next generation through a religious folk culture. However Jewish tradition has refined and reflected on that folk culture raising it to the level of philosophic anthropology, such that holidays function as concrete expressions of Jewish theology, ethics, anthropology and identity.

Noam Zion is a senior faculty member, researcher, teacher educator and curriculum writer at Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem since 1977 with a specialty in Biblical narratives, Rabbinic ethics, and Jewish holidays. 

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