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Jewish Magic and Superstition: Led by Rabbi Aaron Sataloff

Past Sessions
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 4 Adar 5781 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Zoom
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 27 Sh'vat 5781 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Zoom

 Jewish Magic and Superstition: This class will examine concepts of Jewish magic and superstition from the 10th - 15th century, identifying numerous myths, legends, and folklore surrounding the familiar, daily Jewish rituals practiced in homes and synagogues across the world. From magical creatures, charms, amulets, Zoroastrianism, and elaborate forms of divination and meditation, we will survey a variety of performative, mystical elements that emerged throughout the High and Late Middle Ages. This course is designed to provide a more nuanced understanding of how "kabbalistic" customs and worship developed and matured into a rational, post-enlightenment system of theological interpretations and doctrines.

Jewish Magic and Superstition: This class will examine concepts of Jewish magic and superstition from the 10th - 15th century, identifying numerous myths, legends, and folklore surrounding the familiar, daily Jewish rituals practiced in homes and synagogues across the world. From magical creatures, charms, amulets, Zoroastrianism, and elaborate forms of divination and meditation, we will survey a variety of performative, mystical elements that emerged throughout the High and Late Middle Ages. This course is designed to provide a more nuanced understanding of how "kabbalistic" customs and worship developed and matured into a rational, post-enlightenment system of theological interpretations and doctrines.

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