Con­tact: Renata Nyul at 617–373-7424

What: North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will host a lec­ture on Wednesday, Feb­ruary 7th, titled “Jewish Magic, Mag­ical Judaism” deliv­ered by Dr. J.H. “Yossi” Chajes, an Israeli scholar from the Uni­ver­sity of Haifa. Dr. Chajes will dis­cuss reli­gion and magic in early modern Judaism. The event is part of the Jewish Studies Program’s 2006–2007 lec­ture series, “Seers, Spirits and Sages: Magic, Mys­ti­cism and the Jewish Experience.”

Who: Dr. Chajes teaches medieval and early modern Jewish cul­tural his­tory as Senior Lec­turer in Jewish his­tory in the Depart­ment of Jewish His­tory at the Uni­ver­sity of Haifa. He has served as a Ful­bright Vis­iting Research Fellow at Hebrew Uni­ver­sity of Jerusalem as well as a Wexner Fellow in Jewish Studies at Yale Uni­ver­sity. A long-​​time fellow at the Shalom Hartman Insti­tute for Advanced Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, Chajes also has served as Vis­iting Pro­fessor at the Jewish The­o­log­ical Sem­i­nary in New York and as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­vania. Dr. Chajes is the author of Between Worlds: Dyb­buks, Exor­cists, and Early Modern Judaism, which was a finalist for the Koret Jewish His­tory Book Award in 2003.
The lec­ture is free and open to the public.

When: Wednesday, Feb­ruary 7, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Alumni Center, Columbus Place (716 Columbus Avenue), 6th floor. Vis­itor parking is avail­able at the Renais­sance Parking Garage, 835 Columbus Avenue. North­eastern Uni­ver­sity parking rates apply

About the Lec­ture Series: The “Seers, Spirits and Sages: Magic, Mys­ti­cism and the Jewish Expe­ri­ence” lec­ture series will con­clude on Tuesday, March 13th, when Prof. Shaul Magid will com­pare the con­tem­po­rary resur­gence of mys­ti­cism and magic in Israel and the United States. Magid is an asso­ciate pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of Reli­gious Studies at Indiana Uni­ver­sity and the Jay and Jeannie Schot­ten­stein Chair in Modern Judaism. He was the editor of God’s Voice from the Void: Old and New Essays on Rabbi Nahman of Brat­slav (Suny Press, 2001), co-​​editor of Begin­ning Again: Toward a Hermeneutic of Jewish Texts (Seven Bridges Press, 2002) and author of Hasidism on the Margin: Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, Antin­o­mi­anism, and Mes­sianism in Izbica and Radzin Hasidism (Uni­ver­sity of Wis­consin Press, 2003). His cur­rent book project is enti­tled, From Theos­ophy to Midrash: Late Kab­bala and the Inter­pre­ta­tion of Scrip­ture, on scrip­tural hermeneu­tics in the mys­tical school of Rabbi Isaac Luria.

These events are made pos­sible by sup­port from Mort and Marcia Rud­erman, the North­eastern Jewish Studies Pro­gram, and the Depart­ment of Phi­los­ophy and Religion.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Jenny Sar­tori at 617–373-7045 or at j.​sartori@​neu.​edu, and visit the Jewish Studies Program’s Web site: http://​www​.neu​.edu/​j​e​w​i​s​h​s​t​u​d​i​es/

About North­eastern: Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.