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Narrative in the Jewish Mystical Tradition – R. Mayse
February 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until February 19, 2019
Narrative in the Jewish Mystical Tradition: This three-part series will explore the rich tradition of storytelling and narrative in Jewish mysticism both medieval and modern. Our first class will examine the idea of narrative in the Zohar, looking at specific tales about mystical teachers in this work as well as the poetics of interpreting biblical stories. The second session will look at storytelling in Hasidic thought and culture, with a particular focus on the fantastic tales of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav. Finally, our third class will engage with Neo-Hasidic thinkers like Martin Buber and Elie Wiesel, who have drawn upon Hasidic stories to spark contemporary renewal and to deal with the deepest existential questions. Class time will be devoted to hevruta learning as well as group text-study and discussions.
R. Ariel Evan Mayse joined the faculty of Stanford University in 2017 as an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies, after previously serving as the Director of Jewish Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts. He holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Harvard University and rabbinic ordination from Beit Midrash Har’el in Israel.
R. Ariel Mayse — Tuesdays @ 7:30-9:00 pm, February 5, 12, 19