This conference aims to bring people together who in their research address the theology, history and practical experience of disability and Judaism. We will focus both on rabbinical theological debates, on practical implementation of religious beliefs and on the genuine experience of disability in the Jewish community, in order to understand the many tensions that arise between the different traditional sources themselves and between orthodoxy and practice. The conference will focus on – although certainly not limit itself to – the meaning of deafness, and disabilities connected to childhood and old age in these discussions.
Keynote lectures by R. dr. Zvi Marx, author of Disability in Jewish Law (Routledge, 2002), Prof. dr. Jeremy Schipper, author of Disability and Isaiah’s Suffering Servant (Oxford University Press, 2011) and R. dr. Aharon Fried.
Institute of Jewish Studies
Prinsstraat 13, L.400
2000 Antwerpen - Belgium
T +32 3 265 52 43
F +32 3 265 52 41
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