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loggaurwitz-265x300“My Text of Choice”

The Jewish civilization is text-based but which are the most important texts in Jewish tradition? We have posed the question to ten leading Israeli academicians from various fields in Jewish Studies. Here are their responses.

Time: Thursdays at 18:00-19:00
Place: Paideia, Nybrogatan 21, Stockholm
Admission: Free
See the most recently posted web-lectures at Paideia:

Avigdor Shinan Public Lecture at Paideia Sep 2015: Why are there no Birth Stories about the Rabbis?

Prof. Avigdor Shinan is Professor of Hebrew Literature at Hebrew University. A world leading researcher in Rabbinical literature, his fields of research are the Midrashic and Aggadic literature, the Aramaic Translations of the Bible and the Jewish Prayer book.

Yair Zakovich Public Lecture at Paideia Sep 2015: Why don’t I Speak Swedish? The Story of the Tower of Babel

Prof. Yair Zakovitch’ primary research interests are the Bible as literature, biblical thought and ancient interpretation of the Bible. He has served as Head of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University, and also as its Dean of Humanities.

Barbara Spectre Public Lecture at Paideia Feb 2015: Purim and the Story of Esther

Barbara Spectre is the founding director of Paideia and a former Hartman Fellow

Nicham Ross Public Lecture at Paideia Feb 2014: Rabbi Nachman of Breslov on Doubts and Heresy

Nicham Ross is a lecturer in the Department of Jewish Thought at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Nicham received his PhD in Jewish Thought at Ben Gurion University and he specializes in researching identity and tradition in Jewish literature from the beginning of the 20th century.

Boaz Huss Public Lecture at Paideia Feb 2014: The (Jewish) Mother In An Indian Ashram

Boaz Huss teaches Kabbalah at the Goren-Goldstein Department of Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is an expert of various areas of Kabbalah, including the Zohar and contemporary Kabbalah.


Assaf Tamari public lecture at Paideia Jan 2014: Lurianic Kabbalah: Man’s Personal Responsibility for God’s Fate

Assaf Tamari is a doctoral student at the department for Jewish thought in Ben-Gurion University. His main field of expertise is sixteenth-century Lurianic Kabbalah, and his research is focused on the Lurianic Body Discourse.

Prof Avigdor Shinan Public Lecture at Paideia 2013: The Story about Abraham and Sarah in Egypt (Genesis 12) – as retold in Ancient Jewish Literature

Avigdor Shinan was born in Prague 1946 and arrived to Israel in 1949. His academic studies (BA, PhD) were at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has taught since 1972 at the Department of Hebrew Literature (full professor since 1998). His fields of research are the Midrashic and Aggadic literature, the Aramaic Translations of the Bible and the Jewish Prayer book. His list of publication contains more than 120 scholarly articles and 8 books.

Yair Zakovitch Public Lecture at Paideia 2013 – The Jewish Big Bang

Yair Zakovitch is the Father Takeji Otsuki Professor of Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His primary research interests are the Bible as literature, biblical thought, ancient interpretation of the Bible. Prof. Zakovitch served as Head of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University, and also as its Dean of Humanities. He has published numerous books and articles.

Older lectures in cooperation with Akadem.org – a web-based French Jewish academic conference forum. You can find the lectures, all in English, by following the link after each lecture.

Back to the Future: Isaiah’s Vision of the Days to Come (Isaiah 2:2-5), Prof. Yair Zakovitch (Hebrew University)
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Midrash: between Presence and Absence
, Dr. Dina Stein (University of Haifa)
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Lurianic Kabbalah: Man’s Personnal Responsability for God’s Fate
, Assaf Tamari (Ben-Gurion University)
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Text and Textile: Material Culture in the Geniza Society
, Dr. Miriam Frenkel (Hebrew University)
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To Each His Own Maimonides: Rabbi Moses ben Maimon through different cultures and religions, Pinchas Roth (Hebrew University)
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To write a book that is not The Book: Ultra Orthodox women creating a popular Literature, Dr.Yael Shenker (Hebrew University)
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Did they know the glory of nature? The childhood experience in traditional Jewish society
, Prof. Mordechai Zalkin (Ben-Gurion University)
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Books and Angels: Bibliography and Spirituality in the 17th Century
, Dr. Avriel Bar-Levav (Open University of Israel)
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Herzl’s Atlneuland – An Exploration of a Realistic Utopia
, Rani Jaeger (Bar-Ilan University)
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