Jews in Space: The Importance of Space and Place in Rabbinic Judaism and Beyond


Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 7:30 to 9:00pm


  • Dr. David Kraemer


Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County - Bethesda

Program Series: 

  • Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series

Jewish history following the destruction of the Second Temple by Rome has been represented as a history of wandering and homelessness, in which place could not matter because the sacred Jewish place had been left behind. Besides, as Abraham Joshua Heschel argued, Jews build sanctuaries in time, not in space. However, building upon his new book, Rabbinic Judaism: Space and Place, Dr. David Kraemer argues that space and place remained central to Judaism even during its “exile.” He demonstrates that the “homes” of Judaism were central to Jewish practice throughout the centuries, even before Zionism returned the focus of Judaism to its ancient home.

Dr. David Kraemer is the Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has been part of the JTS community since 1977 when he enrolled at The Graduate School after completing his undergraduate degree at Brandeis University.  Dr. Kraemer’s focus as a professor is the literary analysis of rabbinic literature, rabbinic ritual, and the social and religious history of Jews in late antiquity. 

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