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Judaism, the Plague, and the Human Condition

Past Sessions
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 19 Elul 5780 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 5 Elul 5780 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 21 Av 5780 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The Adult Education Committee is proud to announce an exciting class for the late summer.  Rabbi Emeritus Herman Blumberg will teach a three-evening series entitled Judaism, The Plague, and The Human Condition.  We will look at plagues as they have affected, and been understood by, Jewish thinkers throughout the centuries, and at writings that have blamed the Jews for plagues over the millennia (that is, not the 10 Plagues but illnesses and scourges from the Middle Ages through our present day).  We will read The Plague by Camus, one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, and the crown jewel of his body of work, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.  We will then read Nemesis, a novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Roth which deals with the polio epidemic that struck the the Jewish community in Newark where Roth grew up.  And, we will discuss the experience of living through a plague in our own time, the questions it raises about the meaning of our existence in the face of suffering and fear, the role of G-d or not in the process, and whether being Jewish makes a difference or not.
The class will meet via Zoom on the following evenings:
Tuesdays, August 11, August 25, and September 8, 7:00-8:30 pm.
Please register so we know how many people to expect for zoom.
The course is offered as a series, but please join us for as many as you are able.  
Please order the books ahead of time for your reading--or be in touch with Rabbi Jordi ( if the expense is prohibitive.  
Readings for class 1:
Persecution of the Jews during the Great Plagues of the 14th Century
Reading for class 2:
The Plague, by Albert Camus
Reading for class 3:
Nemesis, by Philip Roth.

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