Spinoza's Jewish "Children": Profiles of Jewish Secularism in the Modern Era

Tikvat Israel Congregation

Dates: Monday, March 10, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Speaker: Daniel B. Schwartz

Daniel B. Schwartz is an Associate Professor of History at The George Washington University, specializing in modern Jewish and European intellectual and cultural history. 

The 17th-century heretic and philosopher Baruch Spinoza is often held up as the first modern Jew. Yet, his legacy for modern Judaism has been understood in strikingly different ways. This lecture provides an introduction to a few diverse thinkers from the nineteenth century to the present who have constituted a sense of their own identity as modern, secular Jewish intellectuals by claiming Spinoza as their spiritual progenitor. In the process, it sheds a light on some of the religious motives and motifs that have accompanied the construction of Jewish secularism in the modern era.

Program is at and co-sponsored by:

Tikvat Israel Congregation
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Rockville, MD 20851
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This program is the annual Abraham S. Kay lecture, made possible by the generosity of Barbara and Jack (z"l) Kay. 


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