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THE RABBI JOSHUA O. HABERMAN DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR SERIES
Understanding Judaism Through the Lens of Islam
with Professor David Kraemer,
Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud, The Jewish Theological Seminary
In many respects, Islam is Judaism's closest "relative". It is a religion of law, based upon both Judaism and other inherited near eastern traditions. Professor David Kraemer, a prolific author and commentator who oversees the most extensive collection of rare and contemporary Judaica in the Western Hemisphere, will reveal similarities that exist between these two Abrahamic faiths. Professor Kraemer will share how studying parallels between Islam and Judaism can help us gain a better understanding of Jewish concepts and beliefs.
Sunday, October 7
7:30 - 9:00 PM
At and co-sponsored by B'nai Israel Congregation
6301 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD 20852
David Kraemer is Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian (=Director of The Library) at The Jewish Theological Seminary, where he has also served as Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics for many years. As Librarian, Prof. Kraemer is at the helm of the most extensive collection of Judaica—rare and contemporary—in the Western hemisphere. On account of the size and importance of the collection, Prof. Kraemer is instrumental in setting policy and establishing vision for projects of international importance. Prof. Kraemer is a prolific author and commentator. His books include The Mind of the Talmud (1990), Responses to Suffering in Classical Rabbinic Literature (1995), The Meanings of Death in Rabbinic Judaism (2000), and Jewish Eating and Identity Through the Ages (Routledge, 2007, 2009), among others. His most recently published book is Rabbinic Judaism: Place and Space (Routledge, 2015), and he is now writing A History of the Talmud: From its Origins to the Present Day. He is also the author and co-creator of The Haggadah app, for iPads.
Professor Kraemer comes to us through the Association for Jewish Studies Distinguished Lectureship Program.
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