Jewish Studies in Morocco: A Conversation

Professor Khalid Ben-srhir is by academic trade an expert on British Moroccan relations. However, in Morocco he is also known as “Mr. Jewish Studies translator.” Ben-srhir started his career as a secondary school teacher in Morocco’s southern hinterland before he joined University Mohamed V as a Professor. Today, he is not only the editor of […]

The Legend of Khaybar, A Jewish “Kingdom” in the Arabian Desert

In the year 628 C.E., a few years after the Prophet Muhammad’s migration from Mecca to Medina and the founding, in Medina, of the early Muslim State, the Jewish stronghold of Khaybar in the Arabian Desert fell into the Prophet’s hands. This marked the end of the Khaybari settlement that also served as a refuge […]

Dwelling on the Past and Longing for Home: Israel in Exile

This talk examines the effect of the sixth century BCE deportations to Babylonia on Israelite identity. Paying close attention to the prophetic book of Ezekiel, whose community was deported from Jerusalem to Babylonia by Nebuchadnezzar, it explores how the experience of forced migration changed the way the people talked about themselves, their past, and their […]

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History

Kishinev’s 1903 pogrom was the first instance in Russian Jewish life where an event received international attention. The riot, leaving 49 dead in an obscure border town, dominated headlines in the western world for weeks. It intruded on Russian-American relations and inspired endeavors as widely contradictory as the Hagannah, the precursor to the Israeli army, […]

The Human Chameleon: Hybrid Jews in Cinema

The lecture will explore representations of “chameleon” or hybrid Jewish figures in cinema: Jewish characters that change their appearance, transform their identity, infiltrate other cultures and express their Jewishness by becoming “other-than-Jewish”. The hybrid Jew will be discussed from the theoretical perspective of postcolonial studies, feminism and queer studies, post-structural French philosophy and traditional Jewish […]

“The Great Dictator” Film screening and Q&A with Amir Vudka

“The Human Chameleon” is a series comprised of a main lecture and two films with introductions, dedicated to the subject of hybrid Jews in cinema. This is the first of two film screenings, and will feature a Q&A session with Professor Amir Vudka (University of Amsterdam) after the film. About the film:  In his controversial […]

“BlacKkKlansman” Film Screening and Q&A with Amir Vudka

“The Human Chameleon” is a series comprised of a main lecture and two films with introductions, dedicated to the subject of hybrid Jews in cinema. This is the second of two film screenings, and will feature a Q&A session with Professor Amir Vudka (University of Amsterdam) after the film.   From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the […]

Preservation and Innovation: The Tracks of the Master Scribe

When we encounter a text, whether ancient or modern, we typically start at the beginning and work our way toward the end. For biblical and Mesopotamian literature, however, this habit can lead to misinterpretation. In the ancient Near East, “master scribes”—those who held the authority to produce and revise texts—regularly introduced changes in the course […]

How Moses Became a Levite

The Bible presents Moses as Israel’s prophet par excellence and among the most prominent members of the Israelite tribe of Levi. But how does this picture of Moses square with actual history? How did the memory of an early Transjordanian holy man become part of a priestly tradition in ancient Israel? Answering these (and other) […]