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Me’ah Select: The Passover Haggadah: Text, Narrative, Ritual Performance

January 29 @ 7:45 pm - 9:45 pm

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An event every week that begins at 7:45pm on Monday, repeating until April 9, 2018


with Rabbi Jay Berkovitz, PhD

This course involves a 3-part study of the Haggadah, the Jewish text that sets forth the order of the Passover Seder.

Monday evenings, 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm
10 Sessions: Jan 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 26, Mar 5, 12, 19, 26, Apr 9

Tuition: $275 per semester / $525 enrollment in both semesters

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First, it will focus on the text of the Haggadah, its formation, structure, and distinctive language, starting from the Mishnaic period through the Middle Ages. Second, it will examine in detail the narrative style of the Haggadah, its thematic content, and will offer cross-cultural comparisons with Greco-Roman sources and Christian polemics. Third, it will look closely at the Seder customs, their historical development, performative features, and cultural meaning in various communities.  The course will conclude with a reexamination of the shaping of Jewish collective memory in light of the rich sources and ideas that were studied.


January 29
7:45 pm - 9:45 pm
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