Arguing with God: Jewish Literary Response to Existential Crises

Temple Shalom

Dates: Every Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - November 10, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Speaker: Dr. Lauren B. Strauss

Since the time of Abraham, Jews have not shied away from challenging divine judgment at times of adversity. In some cases the impulse is to defy God or even question the diety's existence, but in doing so - paradoxically - the intimacy of our relationship with God is revealed.  God has been cursed, questioned, challenged, teased, and even rejected by Jews.  Evidence of this unsual relationship exists through Jewish literature, and those literary responses can be found in the Bible, modern poetry, short stories, songs and novels.

This four-session course is based on the questions raised in classical Jewish texts like Abraham and Job, but most of our sessions feature modern Jewish fiction and poetry from the mid-nineteenth to the end of the twentieth centuries.  Authors include Sholom Aleichem, I. L. Peretz, Ch. N. Bialik, Franz Kafka, Yitzhak Katzenelson, Kadya Molodowsky, Chaim Grade, Yehudah Amichai, Merle Feld, Philip Roth, and others.   Participants will receive short readings in advance, via email, so that they can be prepared to discuss the readings.

Dr. Strauss has taught modern Jewish literature and history for many years as both a university professor and a teacher of adult education. Each class will combine lecture and discussion, and the sessions are designed to build on the previous classes.


Class will be held October 13th, October 20th, November 3rd, and November 10th.  


Please note there is NO CLASS Tuesday, October 27th.


Thank you for your interest in this class, registrations have been closed.


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Arguing with God - Tevye Reading


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