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Monday, February 18 • 9:45am - 11:00am
‘Wear Black, Leave Town’: The Problem with Being Passion’s Slave

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Rabbi Ila'i said: “If a person senses themselves overpowered by their urges, they should go to a city where they are not known, dress in black clothes, cover their head in black, and do what their heart desires, but let them not desecrate God’s name in public” (B. Talmud Moed Katan 17a). With reference to artists and writers from Michelangelo and Bernini to Bakhtin and Bataille, we will explore the religious struggle with transgression through the lens of several Talmudic texts.

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Samuel Klein

Samuel Klein is a rabbinical student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Passionate about leadership innovation, he is on the board of American Jewish Committee’s ACCESS program and is a connector for LEAD: Inspiring Jewish Leaders, UK, where he establishes strategic partnerships with other... Read More →

Monday February 18, 2013 9:45am - 11:00am EST
Princeton concourse level