Hillel @ Home: Political Protest from Chanukah to Vietnam
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About the Event
The story of Hanukah has long been contested: Was the miracle that a jar of oil lasted eight nights or was it a military victory? Reuven Kimelman, Professor of Classical Judaica, will explore how the Hanukah story shaped his opposition to the War in Vietnam in the 1960s. Professor Reuven Kimelman specializes in the history of Judaism with a focus on the history and poetics of the Jewish liturgy. He has written on the interaction between Judaism and Christianity in antiquity and modernity. He is also interested in the thematic connections between Greek and Biblical literature from Homer to Plato and from Genesis to Matthew. In the field of Jewish ethics, his focus is on the ethics of war, statecraft, conflict, and genocide. He has written extensively on his mentor, Abraham Joshua Heschel and published a book on Lekhah Dodi. This program is organized by Brandeis Hillel and the Brandeis Alumni Association but all students are welcome regardless of campus!