"When Blaming the Victim No Longer Works: Reading the Book of Job After the Holocaust"

Thursday, December 1, 2005

Jason Kalman Ph.D.
Wednesday January 18, 2006
Noon lunch served, 12:30 pm lecture
 

In traditional Jewish circles the book of Job was often turned to in times of suffering to aid the community and individuals. Its teachings gave them comfort and helped provide some understanding of "the way things work." Jewish thinkers have not found comfort in these teachings in the period since the Holocaust. This lecture will be devoted to examining how modern Jewish readers are finding new meaning in the book of Job. 

Dr. Jason Kalman is Assistant Professor of Classical Hebrew Literature and Interpretation at the Cincinnati School of HUC-JIR. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University and is a research fellow affiliated with the University of the Free State, South Africa. He specializes in the history of Jewish biblical exegesis and his specific research interests include rabbinic anti-Christian polemic, medieval intellectual history as reflected in biblical commentary, and biblical interpretation after the Holocaust. 


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu