Colonial Rule: Jewish Communal Government in French Algeria
When Algeria came under French occupation in 1830, the change of political regime transformed Jewish life from a legally autonomous community to a voluntary association - a metamorphosis that was critical to Jewish political modernity. Communal leaders could no longer rule directly, and had to find new strategies of governance since matters like marriage, divorce, and inheritance moved from rabbinic jurisdiction to that of French colonial law. In this talk, Vered Sakal will reveal the inner workings of this religio-political transition through the lens of one rabbi who lived and wrote through it.
Vered Sakal is a fellow at the Minerva Humanities Center at Tel Aviv University. She holds a Ph.D. in Jewish thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization at NYU. Her fields of research are modern Jewish thought and liberal theory. Dr. Sakal was ordained as a rabbi by Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem.
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