Fear and Hope in 18th-Century Jewish Poland
“The Books of Jacob” by the Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk lead us deep into the Jewish world of 18th-century Poland which was shaking trembling in the aftermath of both the brutal pogroms in Ukraine in 1648 and rise of the false messiah Sabbatai Zevi. Suddenly a new leader arose, Jacob Frank, who claimed the key to redemption lies in ecstasy and in the transgression of all boundaries.
This course will undertake a slow reading of Tokarczuk’s long novel. We will explore the world of 17th and 18th century Polish Jewry, using the novel as our guide and filling in historical information as we move along.
Ten sessions on Tuesdays, 6:00 – 7:15pm
Sessions: May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 9, 16, 23, 30, Sept 20
Fee: $180 Members; $200 Non-Members