A Scholar’s Quest to Uncover the History of Her Jewish Community Through the Journey of Its Books

FINDING HIJAR: A SCHOLAR’S QUEST TO UNCOVER THE HISTORY OF HER JEWISH COMMUNITY THROUGH THE JOURNEY OF ITS BOOKS

Part of our summer learning series, “A Wandering People: Jewish Journeys, Real and Imagined”

July 19, 2021, 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET

Join Dr. Marjorie Lehman as she discusses the Jewish community of Hijar, Spain with scholar Dr. Lucia Conte Aguilar, a Jewish woman who was born there and raised Catholic. Hear from Dr. Conte Aguilar about her quest to uncover the rich Jewish history of Hijar. We will visit Hijar remotely, see the remains of its synagogue, and discuss its significance as one of the first places where Jewish books were printed. Hear the story of Hijar’s printing press and of the books that the Jews took with them when they left Spain in 1492. View a late 15th century copy of Jacob ben Asher’s legal code, the Tur, printed in Hijar and now housed in the JTS rare book room that has linked Drs. Lehman and Conte Aguilar in a shared personal and scholarly journey.

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As the pandemic surged and forced us into our homes, many of us dreamed with new intensity of being elsewhere. For Jews throughout the ages, the promises and perils of travel have been central to shaping the individual and collective experience. Notions of home and homeland have been redefined by Jewish wandering. Drawing on literary, spiritual, and historical sources and responses, JTS scholars will explore what happens when Jews—whether by force or voluntarily, whether in reality or in the imagination—travel from one place to another. View all sessions in the series

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