|Marian DeWitt, Yaffa Weisman, Librarian, and Dvora Weisberg, Speaker, Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature, HUC-JIR.||"Between the
Living and the Dead: Levirate Marriage and Family in Ancient Judaism"|
Dr. Weisberg will discussed her book-in-progress which explores the ways in which the early rabbis described family roles and relationships. She argued that while the Bible focuses on the extended family, clan or tribe, the rabbis saw the nuclear family - a married couple and their children - as the basic family unit around which religious and civil life was organized. At the same time, the rabbis recognized that family ties were created through both marriage and blood, and that every individual stood in the middle of a complex kinship web that dictated his rights and responsibilities to family members.
In appreciation of his extraordinary gift to the Frances-Henry Library of Judaica and Sephardica from his private collection. Pictured at right with Dr. Yaffa Weisman, Librarian, Frances-Henry Library.
Director of the Sephardic Curriculum Project
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York discussed:
“Sephardic History and Culture – Its Meaning for the 21st Century”
We invite you to participate in the Dr. Moshe Lazar Book Fund, to expand the collection of Sephardic and other Jewish cultural publications in the Frances-Henry Library.
Dr. Moshe Lazar is one of the leading scholars on Ladino and Sephardic studies and a professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Dr. Lazar came to USC in 1977 on a visiting appointment from Tel Aviv University, where he founded the School of Visual and Performing Arts. At USC, he founded the first Comparative Literature program, which has since become a department. Dr. Lazar has produced scholarly work on medieval literature in Old French, Spanish, and Provencal, as well as writings on and for contemporary theatre. Since 1960, he has written and edited more than 40 books, including The Sephardic Classical Heritage Library.
About the Collection
Dr. Lazar’s unique collection includes publications in Ladino, Hebrew, Spanish, Old French and Provencal, and his editions of The Sephardic Classical Heritage, which include important works such as the first Ladino Women’s Prayer Book, the Ladino Pentateuch from 1547, the 15th Century Ladino Bible of Ferrara, and writings of Maimonides and Yehuda Halevy. Also included in the collection are many presentation copies of first edition literary, artistic and scholarly works by some of Israel’s leading cultural icons.2005 - Our Inaugural Event
Deadicating the Friends of the Frances-Henry Library wall (L to R):
Dean Lewis Barth, Harvey Horowitz, Marian DeWitt, Betty Jacobs, Peachy and Mark Levy, Yaffa Weisman.