Thursday, October 20, 2016 Tishri 18, 5777
Beth David Reform Congregation
The lecture is free and open to the public


1130 Vaughan Lane
Gladwyne, PA 19035
Beth David Reform Congregation was formed in 1943 though the dedication and tireless efforts of Rabbi Samuel Glasner (z'l) and was the fourth Reform temple in the Philadelphia area. Rabbi Glasner used his personal funds to launch the Wynnefield

2014 Penn Lectures in Judaic Studies

April 1, 2014 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Thirteen scholars from Penn’s Katz Center offer snapshots from Jewish life during the early modern period, an era marked by a dynamic interplay between the perseverance of medieval traditions and the upheavals of the new—the scientific revolution, the printing press, and the rise of new forms of communal and state authority—developments that would transform the lives and cultures of non-Jews and Jews alike in unforeseen ways, bringing their world ever-closer to the modern.

The Penn Lectures are made possible through a generous endowment from the Klatt family and the Harry Stern Family Foundation.

Do Jews Believe in Saints? A Medieval Rabbi and His Early Modern Afterlife

Lucia Raspe (Goethe University, Frankfurt)

The veneration of saints is not a practice one normally associates with Judaism. Nevertheless, hagiography (i.e. the writing of the lives of saints) emerged as one of the most popular genres of Jewish narrative in the early modern period. The talk will trace the posthumous career of one “Ashkenazi saint,” historically among the founding fathers of the Jewish settlement in medieval Ashkenaz, from the Rhineland through early modern Italy and finally to present-day Israel. In so doing, Professor Raspe will shed light on how some of the major transformations of the early modern period shape our sense of the Jewish past even today.

Lucia Raspe authored Jüdische Hagiographie im mittelalterlichen Aschkenas (Jewish Hagiography in Medieval Ashkenaz; 2006) and numerous articles on medieval and early modern memory and identity in Ashkenazic culture. This year at the Katz Center she studies Jewish books of customs from the early modern period.

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