HETERODOXY IN JEWISH-PORTUGUESE THINKING: THE INFLUENCE OF MAIMÓNIDES IN THE THINKING OF ABRAVANELS AND AMSTERDAM BY URIEL DA COSTA AND BARUCH ESPINOSA, with intermediation by Kurt “Vos” Albert
October 21st | 20:00
Location: Municipal Library of Lagos
Org.: CM Lagos and Kurt “Vos” Albert
Class Age: M16
Free participation, but subject to the limit of 48 mandatory prior registrations by calling 282 767 816, Library Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Event integrated in the 30th Anniversary Celebrations of the Municipal Library of Lagos
First session of a cycle that aims to bring together in the Library all those interested (Jews and non-Jews) in participating in meetings related to Jewish tradition, culture, history and religion.
After more than 500 years of absence from (earthly) paradise, we sought to found a new Hebrew community in Lagos and the windward; we intend to keep alive the memory of our common past, between the Hebrew Nation and Lagos/West. It is also intended to make known the multiple facets of Hebrew-Jewish culture, history, literature and religion outside the borders of Portugal: a journey between Portugal and Israel before the common era, Iran and Germany after the first world war, etc. We will open lesser-known books like the Talmud, Midrash, etc., while looking to explore and build bridges to meet each other.
• Presentation: From Maimonides to Espinosa. (30-45 minutes)
o From Córdoba (al-Andaluz) to Egypt and “A Guia dos Perplexos” to Portugal (the Abravanels), we leave Porto with Uriel da Costa, reveal their tragic history in Amsterdam of the 17th century within the Jewish-Portuguese community and we see how a cycle was closed with Baruch Epinosa and his book “Tratado-Teológico-Politico”.
What is the link between heterodoxy, exile and identity.
• Questions and discussion (60 minutes)
This first session is dedicated to the memory of Zissel Erman.
I was born into a Jewish lay family on my mother’s side and grew up with my maternal grandparents who survived World War II. From 1994 during the time I lived in Vienna (Austria) I started doing teshuva (return to Tora and a religious life), a process that never ends. I studied with Chabad rabbis in Vienna and Antwerp and continued to this day to study with Rabbi Zev Schwarcz (Parma, Italy), rabbi of the Hebrew Community of Lagos and Barlavento.