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Prof. Melila Hellner-Eshed at the Opening of the Academic
Year 2011-2012: "Awakenings: Preparing for the High Holy Days."
Listen to the recording and look at the texts discussed
Rabbi prof. Reuven Firestone:
1. A public lecture with the title: "A History of Muslim-Jewish
Relations, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow"
2. For the Rabbinic students, the lectures/study session of the
4-day seminar in which the history and growth of Islam and of
Muslim-Jewish relations in the past and the present were treated
more depth. Where appropriate comparisons between the two
traditions were given a closer look as were the elements therein
theat have been and are of influence on these relations.
3. The texts that were studied during the seminar.
Listen to the recordings and find the texts here.
Chazzan Danny Mazeng: A workshop about
chazzanoet as part of the "Professional Development"-
program for our shelichay tzibbur-graduates .
Listen to the recordings and find the sheet music here
Drs Bart Wallet at the Opening of the Academic
"Citizenship and the politics of Religious Identities.
The integration of the Jews in the 19th Century
and the present day Dutch debate about integration."
Listen to the lecture (all in Dutch)
Dr. Rachel Reedijk at the Opening of the Academic
"Respons by the anthropologist to the lecture
by the historian": as a reaction to drs. B. Wallet.
Listen to or read the tekst (all in Dutch)
Rabbi prof. Marc Saperstein at the Opening van het Academic
"Spinoza's Rabbi": About his book "Exile in Amsterdam" and
about Rabbi Saul Levi Morteira (1596-1660) and his famous
Sermons To A Congregation of "New Jews".
Prof Eli Schleifer's lecture about "The History of the Dutch
Jewish Synagogue Music", given during the Union Oneg
in The Hague on 6 June 2009.
Part 1. - Part 2.
Prof. Eli Schleifer:
"Shtaygers", a lecture about the special character of
Jewish music in general and in particular that of the
chazzanut: nusach en shtaygers.
Prof. Irene Zwiep at the Opening of the Academic
.. Umetalmiday yoter mikulan (BT Ta'anit 7a)
Five years of the Levisson Institute."
Prof. Moshe Idel:
"Kabbalah and Philosophy in 17th Century Amsterdam:
R. Abraham Cohen Herrera and R. Menashe ben Israel."
Rabbi prof. David B. Ruderman:
"In Search of a Redeemer: The Messianic Thinking of Shabbetai
Tzvi and its importance for the Jews of Today."
Prof. Joshua Schwartz at the Opening of the Academic Year
2006-2007: "Broken beds, Broken Chairs and the Social
History of the Land of Israel in the Roman Period."
Rabbi prof. Reuven Firestone:
"If there is only one God, why are there so many monotheisms?"
Prof. Menachem Lorberbaum at the Opening of the Academic Year
2005-2006: "Religion and State in Israel."
Rabbi David Hartman: Auschwitz or Sinai?
Editor's Note: This powerful and oft-cited essay from 1982 remains appropriate today. It was re-published on 5 October 2009 and on 6 april 2010.
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Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg
published early in the 1980s three essays that brought about much new and revolutionary thinking. He delineates in clear terms his reading of Jewish history and extrapolates from this his projections for the future of Judaism in a radically and fast changing world.
Read the essays...
Rabbi Brad Artson
Almighty? No Way!
Coming To Know The God We Already Love
A Thought for Shavuot
Read the reflection...
Honorable antisemitism - L’antisemitisme honorable
Read the article in the Dutch translation...
Read the French original...