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Community as a Mode of Jewish Politics
February 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Judaic Studies Program and the Department of History of Drexel University present “Community as a Mode of Jewish Politics,” a lecture by Menachem Lorberbaum, Ph.D., Professor of Jewish Philosophy, Tel Aviv University and Katz Distinguished Fellow, Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania. The event will be held on Monday, February 27, 2017, from 10:00 to 11:30 am, in 302 Hagerty Library, Drexel University, 33rd and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
The talk will examine the historical formation and structure of the ‘kehillah’ or ‘kahal’, the medieval form of Jewish community, and its transmutation in early modernity. This discussion arises from communitarian thought that highlights the significance of the community and the autonomous character of community structures for an understanding of civil society and the politics of diasporic communities. This approach contrasts with concepts of more standard political theory that focus on sovereignty and the state.