Frankel Institute - Fellows Colloquia 2010-11
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Translations versus Talking God's Language: Rabbinic Judaism's Dilemma
David H. Aaron's presentation provides a survey of the principal texts relevant to the exploration of early Judaism's language consciousness and ideology.
Between Self and Other: Displacement, Dislocation, and Deferral in Dovid Bergelson's Mides ha-din and Alfred Doblin's Reise in Polen
Marc Caplan, U-M
The Profane and the Sacred: The Image of Yiddish in American Yiddish Literature
Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai Meets St. Bartholomew - Peripatetic Traditions in Judaism and Christianity of Late Antiquity
Richard Kalmin, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Frankel Institute Fellow
A Genealogy of Violence in Modern Hebrew Culture
Ruth Tsoffar, U-M Frankel Fellow
Launching the Historical Jewish Press Website: A Discussion of Six Years' Work to Rescue 200 Years of Printed History
Yaron Tsur, Tel Aviv University
With Aaron McCollough, U-M Library and Jeremy York, HathiTrust
The New Faces of Ladino in Latin America Today: Language Revival and National Identity
Monique Balbuena, University of Oregon and Fellow at the Frankel Institute
Judeo-Arabic: The Language of Arabic-Speaking Jews
Benjamin Hary, Emory University
In this colloquium, professor Hary reviews the history of the Judeo-Arabic religiolect and analyze its structure. He then discusses the language continuum employed by users of Judeo-Arabic and trace its diachronic evolution. The presentation also tackles some terminological issues, especially with respect to the denotation of Arabic-speaking Jews. Finally, Hary addresses the state of Judeo-Arabic today as it is an endangered religiolect, perhaps on the verge of extinction.
Dos Pintele Yod - Hebrew Orthography, the Play of Ethics, and the Jewish Mystical Imagination
Elliot K Ginsburg is Associate Professor of Jewish Thought in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan. He specializes in the Jewish mystical traditions, including kabbalah and hasidism, and has wide-ranging interests in Judaism as religious tradition, and in the history of religions.