Lehrhaus 360 presents War and Peace: Jewish Perspectives on Sunday, October 28, from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Professor Reuven Firestone, author of Holy War in Judaism: The Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea (2012), will deliver the keynote speech.
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Firestone is professor of medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, Senior Fellow of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California, and founder and co-director of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement in Los Angeles. Rabbi Firestone has lived in Israel and Egypt and lectured at universities in Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East as well as throughout North America. He is author of seven books and over eighty scholarly articles on Judaism, Islam, their relationship with one another and with Christianity, and phenomenology of religion. His books include Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Judaism for Muslims; An Introduction to Islam for Jews; Jihad: The Origin of Holy War in Islam; Who are the Real Chosen People: The Meaning of “Chosenness” in Judaism, Christianity and Islam; and Holy War in Judaism: the Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea.
The conference will examine the topic of war and peace from historical, philosophical, theological, and cultural perspectives. There will be workshops from 17 local scholars, including six university professors. A complete list of workshops is available on the registration page. Topics covered include: the ethical parameters of combat; traditional Jewish texts about war and peace; war in modern Israel’s history reflected through literature, popular culture, and art; militancy from rabbinical texts and contemporary movements; and the Bible’s portrayal of war compared to archaeology.
Co-sponsors: JCCSF, The Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation and the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society, and Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University.
The event was made possible by the generous support of the Ingrid D. Tauber Philanthropic Fund of the JCF, the Koret Foundation, and Eda and Joseph Pell.