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Connecting the Legacies

A talk by preeminent scholar Nancy Harrowitz Co-sponsored with Reed College WHEN: 7 pm, Oct. 12 WHERE: Eliot Hall Room 314, Reed College, Portland Reed College Campus Map Both the Jewish and African-American communities have suffered atrocities in the past. What can first-person narratives tell us about the commonalities between these experiences? How do they differ? What can an Italian chemist who survived Auschwitz tell us about a road map for healing race relations going forward? “Connecting the Legacies: Primo Levi, Holocaust Testimonies and ’12 Years a Slave’” offers an opportunity for all of us to see how our collective histories affect our present and our future. “At a time when racism and equality clearly have not been resolved, Harrowitz’s lecture is especially relevant.” – Oregon Jewish Life Find full article HERE  

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Shabbat Tazria/Metzora: Time Out (and rare footage taken on the eve of the Holocaust)

Shalom Shir Tikvah Learning Community, This week’s double parashah reflects a fundamental understanding of ancient Israelite religion – and we are not sure that we know what it is. Between parashat Tazria and parashat Metzora, we are presented for four solid chapters of VaYikra (Leviticus) with rules of what anthropologist Mary Douglas called “purity and danger” in her book of the same name. The guidance presented by Torah in these verses (12.1-15.33) separates the tamey from the tahor, two categories that are unhelpfully translated as “pure” and “impure” when in truth the situation is more complicated than that. In her examination of the religious laws which include this as well that other famous duality of Jewish law (kosher or not), Douglas insists that we regard these ideas not with the dismissive superiority of moderns but with what I like to think of as a post-modern curiosity about that which is […]

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