Fabrizio Lelli/University of Salento, Lecce, Italy "The Study of Science and Kabbalah in the Venetian Ghetto during the Renaissance"

 

March 05, 2014 7:00pm

Fabrizio Lelli/University of Salento, Lecce, Italy "The Study of Science and Kabbalah in the Venetian Ghetto during the Renaissance"



Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

The Study of Science and Kabbalah in the Venetian Ghetto during the Renaissance

The first ghetto on European soil was instituted in Venice (1516), where all Venetian Jews were secluded geographically from the Christian inhabitants of the city. Yet despite the limitations imposed by the Venetian authorities, the ghetto provided Jews with a clearly defined space within Christian society, and the enclosure paradoxically opened up new opportunities for cultural dialogue and interaction with the Christian majority. Dr. Lelli will introduce the work of two Jewish scholars who operated within this newly sequestered neighborhood: Abraham De Balmes and Elijah Menahem Halfan. In particular, he will focus on the distinct approaches of these two scholars to the study of science and Kabbalah, two fields that exemplify the intellectual relations between Jewish and Christian scholars during the Italian Renaissance.

Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123 


Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Fabrizio Lelli is Associate Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature at the University of Salento in Italy and this year is a returning fellow at Penn’s Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. His research focuses on the philosophical and mystical literature of late medieval and early modern Italian Jews.




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