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Talmudic Writings on the Passage from This Life to the Next

Part of our spring learning series, The Space In Between: Thresholds and Borders in Jewish Life and Thought 

This session is generously sponsored by this year’s Context class in honor of Dr. David Kraemer and Dr. Ora Horn Prouser. 

Monday, May 8, 2023
1:00–2:00 p.m. ET

With Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics

In Talmudic teachings and the traditions that emerge from them, death is not a moment but a process—a transition that leads from one stage of existence (which we call “life”) to another (which we call “death”). These beliefs have profound implications for our understanding of Jewish rituals around death and mourning, Jewish theology, and much more. Join Dr. David Kraemer to explore a selection of ancient texts that may reveal unexpected conceptions of the nature of life and death.


The Space In Between: Thresholds and Borders in Jewish Life and Thought 

We are living in an undefined time: our daily existence is no longer dominated by the pandemic, yet neither have we settled into a new normal. This sense of being in transition—neither here nor there—can feel destabilizing; but is the time in between really temporary, or are we always living in between moments, identities, and phases of life?

In this series, JTS scholars will delve into the idea of liminality—the time or space in between—which we encounter often in Jewish ritual, identity, law, and life. Join us to consider what these many manifestations of “in-between-ness” can teach us about ourselves and about Judaism, and to explore how we might find strength and meaning in an orientation not of “either/or” but of “both/and.”

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May 08 2023


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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