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Saturday, February 15 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Radical Israeli Thought of Rav Shagar

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I am in the process of producing an edited volume of translations of the thought of Rabbi Shimon Gavriel Rosenthal, known by his initials Shagar. He has been simultaneously called an anarchist, Haredi, post-Zionist, and post-modern. Rabbi Shagar (d. 2007) questioned the fixed answers of his inherited Religious Zionism with its fixed answers and historical certainties. Instead, he turns to Hasidic story, Existential absurdity, Franz Rosenzweig, Rav Nachman, and science fiction to create a Torah of the seeker. In the last decade of his life, he discovers post-modernism, Lacan, and Lyotard to create a Torah that does not need foundations or proof. Finally, toss in a rejection of Rav Kook's Zionist vision in favor of an almost post-Zionist view of the land as beyond force and violence. Does this heady cocktail work as a religious worldview? Come listen then decide.

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Alan Brill

Professor, Seton Hall University
Rabbi Prof Alan Brill is the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair for Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University, where he teaches Jewish studies in the Department of Religion and the Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program. He specializes in interfaith theology, Jewish mysticism... Read More →

Saturday February 15, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
WLSS (2nd Floor)