Dissent and Tolerance in Jewish History
AN ONLINE MINI-COURSE WITH DR. BENJAMIN GAMPEL, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE 92ND STREET Y
Four Wednesdays: May 4, 11, 18, 25; 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET
When membership within the Jewish community was compulsory, individuals and groups often engaged in fierce conflict over social and ideological issues such as the nature of Jewish identity and the boundaries of the Jewish faith.
At times, sectarian and messianic groups emerged from these protracted struggles that challenged the norms of the established Jewish community. Dr. Benjamin Gampel, professor of Jewish History at JTS, will explore these challenges to authority and consider how dissenting voices were treated during the Middle Ages when Jews lived under Christendom and Islam. In tracing the limits of tolerable dissent, he will also illuminate incidences when Jews have sought willingly, or have been compelled, to abandon their faith and sought to redefine their sense of religion and peoplehood.
May 4: Introduction: Challenges and Solutions
May 11: Sectarianism: Karaites and Karaism
May 18: Messianism
May 25: Conversion: Into and Out of Judaism
This course is in partnership with the 92nd Street Y. It will be recorded and available for later viewing by all who register.
Dr. Benjamin Gampel is Dina and Eli Field Family Chair in Jewish History, JTS.