Series of Discussions: Jews and the Empires: Political Imagination in the Present
In the 16th century, the young and rising Ottoman Empire was awash with a wave of Jewish immigrants, led by those expelled from the Iberian Peninsula. The unique conditions of Jewish life in the empire and the unusual conjunction of the cities of the East and communities and traditions from a wide variety of places and contexts generated an unusually fruitful spiritual ferment that played a decisive role in shaping Jewish modernity. Dr. Tirza Kelman and Dr. Assaf Tamari will discuss the “place” of the Jews in the empire from the point of view of Safed—the tiny Galilean town that in this century produced both the Shulhan Arukh and the Kabbalah of the Ari—and all the connections and contexts in which this took place. The discussion will include issues of locality, migration, relations and areas of reference, broad horizons and tiny places.
Dr. Tirza Kelman, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dr. Assaf Tamari, Polonsky Academy, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
Chair: Dafna Schreiber, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute