On Tuesday, February 9, 2010, the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University presented Dr. Ronald Kiener for a lecture on Jewish mysticism. Dr. Kiener, Professor of Religion and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., gave this special lecture as part of the Judaic Studies lecture series for the spring 2010 season. The lecture, which was free and open to the public, took place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room.
A large crowd was drawn from both the Fairfield community and the student population for this event, and there were few seats left empty in the DSB dining room. The interesting and engaging lecture covered a broad range of topics on Jewish mysticism, and in particular covered such topics as the difference between traditional Kabbalah and the celebrity “endorsed” media portrayal, as well as the history and great struggles of Judaism as a whole.
Audience members learned to understand the many years of history that formed the traditions of Kabbalah and mysticism in general for Jewish peoples, from the story of Moses to the popularized and publicized modern Kabbalah. The event closed with audience questions, and members of the audience left with a greater understanding of the differences between the traditional and media portrayal of Jewish mysticism, as well as how Jewish mysticism came to be.
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