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Sunday, June 16 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Could Harry Potter be Jewish? Rabbis, magic, and the struggle for power

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The Bible is very clear that magic is forbidden but the Talmud is full of stories about rabbis engaging with the supernatural. How should we understand these two realities as standing together? From people who turn into donkeys to seven-headed demons, and from witches to miracle makers, we will study a selection of these stories to see who gets to do magic and how, and what rabbis can do that others cannot.

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Rachel Rosenthal

Talmud scholar & teacher, Jewish Theological Seminary
Rachel lectures in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was voted Professor of the Year in 2018. A graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle, she teaches at the Drisha Institute and in Nishma: A Summer of Torah Study at JTS. She is currently a... Read More →

Sunday June 16, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm PDT
Room 4

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