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Robbins Collection Annual Lecture: From Sinai to Ethiopia, and Back to Israel: The Halakhic and Conceptual World of Ethiopian Jewry
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Prof. Rabbi Shalom delves into the history, customs, and law of the Beta Israel, codifying the ancient cultural heritage of Ethiopian Jewry for the first time and contrasting it with Orthodox rabbinic law. Navigating tensions between religion and culture, he offers suggestions for honoring Beta Israel tradition while fully participating in the greater Jewish community.
Prof. Rabbi Shalom will be joined by Anthropologist Don Seeman, a scholar of Ethiopian Jewry and Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies at Emory University.
Prof. Rabbi Sharon Shalom is a scholar of Ethiopian Jewish law, culture, and practice. He is the Chair of the International Center for the Study of Ethiopian Jewry at Ono Academic College and a Professor at Bar-Ilan University. He also serves as the Rabbi of the “Kdoshei Israel” community in Kiryat Gat. His book, entitled From Sinai to Ethiopia: The Halakhic And Conceptual World of Ethiopian Jewry, explores Ethiopian Jewish traditions in the context of modern Israel and rabbinic Judaism.
Reception: 5:30 PM, Donor Lobby
Lecture: 6 PM, Berkeley Law Room 105
Events are wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, contact the organizer of the event. Advance notice is kindly requested.
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