The Ben Ish Hai and the Kabbalists of Baghdad: Windows to Europe and Israel

memory   |   Baghdad   |   Jews   |   East
Wednesday ,22 March, 2017 , 18:00 to 20:00

 

Remembering Baghdad Lecture Series
Convened and moderated by Profs. Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, Richard I. Cohen, and Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin

In conjunction with Da’at Hamakom and I-Core Israel Center of Research Excellence

 

 

Few cities in modern times produced such a variegated cultural mosaic as did Baghdad. From distinguished orthodox thinkers, who shaped religious commentary to this day, to Jews of communist leaning integrally integrated into Baghdad society, Jews felt at home in the city, attached to its sounds and manners in a myriad of ways and expressions, figuratively and literally. Paradoxes and dichotomies abound in its midst, as was the case with the evacuation of the city. Tens of thousands of Jews continued to remember Baghdad after they left it, the great majority to Israel, though only a small minority had been of Zionist leaning prior to their immigration. What are the elements that distinguished this fascinating community and its vibrant association with Baghdad society will be at the center of the series "To Remember Baghdad," organized by the I-Core Centre of Excellence Da'at Hamakom and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.