What happens when a heretic and a rabbi walk into a bar? – Jewish Herald-Voice

Posted By on September 9, 2022

Prof. Michal Bar-Asher Siegal

Congregation Beth Yeshurun and Americans for Ben-Gurion University are presenting When a Heretic and a Rabbi Walk into a Bar. Stories portraying heretics in rabbinic literature are many and make for some lively discussion.

The community is invited to hear Assoc. Prof. Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, as she explores what happens when two opposites meet. The presentation will be held on Monday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., at Beth Yeshurun, 4525 Beechnut St. A dessert reception will follow.

Prof. Siegal was the Rosen Family Career Development chair in Judaic Studies at BGU (2012-2016). The chair, the first of its kind in Judaic Studies at BGU, was given in honor of Rabbi David Rosen and his family.

Currently, Siegal is a faculty member at The Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. This academic year, she is the Horace Goldsmith visiting professor in Judaic Studies at Yale University.

Her first book is Early Christian Monastic Literature and the Babylonian Talmud (Cambridge University Press, 2013). It is winner of the 2014 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award. Her second book, Jewish-Christian Dialogues on Scripture in Late Antiquity: Heretic Narratives of the Babylonian Talmud (Cambridge University Press, 2019) was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award (2019).

We are thrilled to partner with Beth Yeshurun in bringing Michal Bar-Asher Siegal to Houston, said Deborah Bergeron with Americans for Ben-Gurion University. Her work is groundbreaking and, during her tenure as the Rosen Family Chair recipient, she brought her research to the Vatican and an audience with the pope.

To register for the evening event, go to bethyeshurun.org/event/americansforbgu091222.

For more info, email Deborah Bergeron at [emailprotected].

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What happens when a heretic and a rabbi walk into a bar? - Jewish Herald-Voice

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