Viering van de 350e verjaardag van de banvloek tegen Spinoza

Op 29 oktober 2006 hield het "YIVO Institute for Jewish Research" een symposium ter herdenking van de banvloek van Spinoza in 1656.

FROM HERETIC TO HERO: A SYMPOSIUM ON THE IMPACT OF BARUCH SPINOZA ON THE 350TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS EXCOMMUNICATION, 1656-2006
De organisator en openingsspreker van het symposium, Allan Nadler, legde uit waarom dat inderdaad een gebeurtenis is die gevierd kon worden i.p.v. betreurd.

Sprekers waren Steven Nadler, Steven Smith, Allan Nadler, Daniel Schwartz en Jonathan Israel. Daarmee was het volledig een symposium van Joden onder elkaar. De toespraken zijn in video- of mp3-bestand te beluisteren - zie hierna.

Tegelijk was er tot eind december 2006 een tentoonstelling "Spinoza in the Yiddish Mind"



Spinoza, Painting by Isaac Lichtenstein
[Courtesy of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Library]

The philosopher Baruch Spinoza, long ignored by Jews, was rediscovered in mid-19th century by Yiddish-speaking Jewry, and became a symbol of Jewish secularism. Many Yiddish and Hebrew writers from Eastern Europe studied, translated or commented on his works. Curated by Brad Sabin Hill, Dean of the YIVO Library, and timed to coincide with the 350th anniversary of the famous kheyrem (excommunication), the exhibit displays the Yiddish world's intense interest in the rationalist from Amsterdam.

From Heretic to Hero: A Symposium on the Impact of Baruch Spinoza: Sunday, October 29, 2006

A one-day symposium presented by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research dedicated to exploring the historical reasons, and current implications, of what many scholars consider the most notorious and repercussive excommunication in all of Jewish history: the banishment of Baruch (Benedictus) Spinoza from the Jewish Community of Amsterdam in 1656.

This program was made possible in part by the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Dr. Carl Rheins: Symposium Opening Remarks
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Professor Allan Nadler: First Panel Chair
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Professor Steven Nadler: Why was Baruch Spinoza Excommunicated?
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Professor Steven Smith: How bad a Jew was Spinoza?
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Dr. Paul Glasser: Second Panel Chair
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Professor Allan Nadler: The Jewish Reincarnation of Spinoza in the Yiddish Imagination
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Professor Daniel Schwartz: Spinoza the 'First Modern Jew': Metamorphosis of an Image
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Brad Hill: Keynote Introduction
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Professor Jonathan Israel: Keynote Lecture: The Impact of Spinoza: A Retrospective View 350 Years Since the Cherem

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Van hier

De openingstoespraak van Allen Nadler heeft iemand tevens op YouTube gezet (en langs die weg verder zoekend vond ik bovenstaande informatie).