with David Shyovitz
Fridays, May 5 and 12, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
The history of the Jewish people is often conceptualized as an unceasing succession of crises: from onslaughts of the Greeks and Romans; through Crusades, blood libels, and Inquisitions; to pogroms and genocide. Increasingly questioned by recent scholars, this "lachrymose conception" of Jewish history has endured in the popular imagination. We will use select case studies to explore how pre-modern Jews responded to episodes of crisis, how tales of Jewish suffering have been written, and the purposes those narratives have served.
Member fee $25, or this class is included if you purchase the Spring Term Friday morning package; non-member fee $35