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After-Kiddush Learning with Dr. Menachem Mirski - Victimization in Judaism: A Critical Look at Labels of Oppressed and Oppressor Used as a Tool to Understand Our History

Saturday, February 1, 2020 6 Shevat 5780

12:15 PM - 1:15 PMLibrary

Dr. Mirski will look at the issue of victimization from several perspectives, using narratives from the Bible and rabbinical concepts, as well as contemporary philosophical and psychological concepts. We will analyze several topics, including the doctrine of divine judgment vs. Israel's victimhood, the logic of divine retribution in Shema vs. in the Book of Job, victimhood syndrome as a spiritual obstacle in atonement, victimhood and anti-Semitism as well as the consequences of the victimhood culture. No RSVP needed. Free program. 

Menachem Mirski is a philosopher, musician, and rabbinical student at the Ziegler School. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin in 2016. His dissertation, “God’s pendulum of history – closeness and remoteness of God’s image in post-holocaust Jewish thought”, coerced Jewish theological responses to Shoah.

Menachem has been a leader in the Polish klezmer music scene since 2007 when he formed his first klezmer group, ‘Klezmaholics.’ Together with this band, he recorded two CDs and performed in several countries throughout Europe and at various venues including the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow (in 2017 and 2018, together with Yiddish singer, Cindy Paley.) Living currently in Los Angeles, Menachem started a new klezmer band, Waking Jericho.

Apart from his rabbinic studies and musical career, he works as a Hebrew grammar tutor for incoming Ziegler students, a Torah reader, and a bar/bat mitzvah tutor. He writes weekly d'var Torahs for and plans to begin his post doc in the field of Holocaust studies in Fall 2020.

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