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Religious studies department hosts Jewish spirituality lecture

October 21, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans’ Department of Religious Studies presents leading scholar Paul Mendes-Flohr, Ph.D., in a lecture, “Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig: Two Contrasting Paths to Jewish Spirituality,” on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Goldie and Morris Mintz Center for Jewish Life at the Tulane Hillel House, 912 Broadway Street. A reception preceding the lecture will begin at 6:15 p.m.

Jewish philosopher Martin Buber focused on the challenge of serving God in, what he contended was misleadingly labeled, the secular sphere of everyday life. Jewish theologian and philosopher Franz Rosenzweig emphasized divine service through prayer and Talmud Torah, the study of scripture and its commentaries. Mendes-Flohr will examine their exchange on these two alternative conceptions of divine service and explore them as methods for giving one’s faith a fullness of expression.

A leading scholar and professor of modern Jewish thought at the University of Chicago, Mendes-Flohr’s work focuses on modern Jewish intellectual history, philosophy, religious thought and philosophy of religion. He is co-editor-in-chief of the collected works of Martin Buber, and recently published the books “Progress and its Discontents,” and “The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History.” Mendes-Flohr is also the editor of a series on German-Jewish literature and cultural history for the University of Chicago Press.

For more information, contact Sara Clark at 504-865-3943 or srclark@loyno.edu.

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