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18-20 SIVAN 5770

31.5.2010 – 2.6.2010





Monday, May 31 2010


Opening Session

Chair: Gerald J. Blidstein, Ben-Gurion University



Rivka Carmi, President, Ben-Gurion University

Haim Kreisel, Head, Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought


Moshe Halbertal, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Between Jewish Studies and Jewish Religion


Tuesday, June 1 2010

9:30  - 11:30

Second Session: Bible

Chair: Avigdor Victor Hurowitz, Ben-Gurion University


Greetings: Jimmy Weinblatt, Rector, Ben-Gurion University


Baruch. J. Schwartz, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Contribution of Biblical Criticism to our Understanding of Matan Torah, Past and Present


Tova Ganzel, Bar-Ilan University

"He who Restrains his Lips is Wise" (Proverbs 10: 19) – True or False?


James Kugel, Bar-Ilan University

Biblical Criticism and Traditional Judaism: Can They Make Peace with Each Other?


12:00 - 14:00

Third Session: Rabbinic Thought

Chair:  Uri Ehrlich, Ben-Gurion University


David Rosenthal, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Incorrect Versions and Erroneous Terminology that have Penetrated Some Halakhic Literature


Simcha Emanuel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Pseudo-Scientific Innovations in the Thirteenth Century and their Impact on the Halakhic Decisions of the Tosafists


David Stern, University of Pennsylvania

Rabbinics and Jewish Identity: From the American Perspective (E)


15:30  - 17:30

Fourth Session: Medieval Philosophy

Chair: Menachem Kellner, Haifa University and Shalem Center


Esti Eisenmann, Open University

The Limits of the Intellect: Between Rationalism and A-rationalism


Hannah Kasher, Bar-Ilan University

"The Philosophers Never Believed in Anything" (Arama) - Between Philosophy and Heresy in Medieval Jewish Philosophy


Haim Kreisel, Ben-Gurion University

Between Religion and Science: The Jewish Encyclopedias in the Middle Ages


18:00 - 20:00

Fifth Session: Jewish Thought in Israeli Education

Chair: Rami Reiner, Ben-Gurion University

Panel with the participation of:

Rabbi Moshe Lichtenstein, Yeshiva Har-Etzion, Alon Shvut

Ruth Calderon, Alma College, Tel-Aviv

Adena Bar Shalom, Haredi College, Jerusalem

Jeremy Stavisky, Himmelfarb High-School, Jerusalem



Wednesday, June 2 2010

9:30 - 11:30

Sixth Session: Esoteric Doctrines

Chair: Bracha Sack, Ben-Gurion University


Yuval Harari, Ben-Gurion University

Between Magic and Practical Kabbalah - Preliminary Reflections


Oded Israeli, Ben-Gurion University

For Whom Has the 'Concealed Light' Been Reserved? - The Place of Myth in the World of the Kabbalists


David Zori, Ben-Gurion University

Critical Scholarship and Philosophical Inquiry as Means toward the Service of God: The Teachings of Harav Shagar and their Influence


12:00 - 14:00

Seventh Session:  Modern Jewish Thought

Chair: Nicham Ross, Ben-Gurion University


Einat Ramon, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem

Biblical Criticism and the Authority of the Torah - The Creative Tension in the Writings of Mordecai Kaplan, Max Kadushin, Abraham Joshua Heschel and Yochanan Muffs


Yehoyada Amir, Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem

Wissenschaft des Judentums, Philosophy and Religious Writings in Nachman Krochmal's Work


Zeev Gries, Ben-Gurion University

Zionism, Nationalism and Religion in the Writings of "Rav Zair" (Chaim Tchernowitz)


15:30  - 17:30

Eighth Session: Contemporary Trends

Chair: Adiel Kadari, Ben-Gurion University


Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Arizona State University

Jewish Environmentalism:  Bridging Scholarship, Faith, and Activism (E)


Asher Cohen, Bar-Ilan University

Has the Sanctity of Statism Been Breached? Processes and Trends in Religious Zionism


Boaz Huss, Ben-Gurion University

The Theologies of the Research of Jewish Mysticism


18:00 - 20:00

Ninth Session: Jewish Thought and Jewish Belief   (in English)

Chair: Daniel J. Lasker, Ben-Gurion University


Marc B. Shapiro, University of Scranton

Issues of Dogma in Recent Orthodox Literature


David Shatz, Yeshiva University

The Changing Face of Torah u-Madda


Menachem Kellner, Haifa University and Shalem Center

Measure for Measure: How Rambam Read the Rabbis and How Rabbis Read Rambam