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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Jewish Mysticism and its Charismatic Leaders [from Kabbala to Khassidut]

October 17, 2004

I. THE KABBALA AND ITS GREAT FIGURES

The introduction will be by Seth Wolitz, Gale Chair of Jewish Studies at U.T. Austin

    A. Spain

    Prof. Elliot Wolfson, New York Universtiy
    “Prophet Without Prophecy/ Messiah Without Messianism: The Mystical Charisma of Abraham Abulafia"      

    B. The Safed Circle

    Dr. Morris Faierstein, Independent scholar
    “Charisma and Anti-Charisma in Safed:  Isaac Luria and Hayyim Vital”

    C. The Great Heresy: The False Messiah and Nathan of Gaza

    Prof. Matt Goldish, Ohio State University
    “The Two-Leader Paradigm In Early Sabbateanism”

II. EASTERN EUROPE: THE RISE OF KHASSIDUT

    Prof. Ada Rapoport-Albert, Prof. and Chair of Jewish Studies, University College, London
    “The Unmasking of the Besht (Baal Shem Tov): Women in Hasidism Re-Visited”

    Prof. Shaul Magid, Jewish Theological Union
    “Charisma Talking: Lashon Ha-Kodesh as the Language of the Zaddik in Nakhman of Bratslav”

Conclusion of the Symposium. Final Words: Prof. Seth L. Wolitz.

Sponsors: The Annual Gale Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by The Gale Chair of Judaic Studies, The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, The Harry Ransom Center, Texas Hillel Foundation, and The Jewish Community Association of Austin. 

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