Professor Jon Levenson explores the purpose of interfaith discourse, the importance of the theological disagreements between Jews and Christians, and the dangers of suppressing religious disagreement in the name of cooperation.
Most Americans equate Hanukkah with Judaism, but what’s the real story with the holiday? Harvard Divinity School student Jessica Rosenberg, MDiv ’20, gives the low-down on this enigmatic festival—is it what you think?... Read more about Video: The Real Story Behind Hanukkah
WSRP 2017–18 Research Associate Avital Davidovich-Eshed, PhD (Bar Ilan University), Visiting Lecturer in Women's Studies and Judaism, delivers her talk, "Enclosed Gardens Revealed: The Concept of Virginity in Medieval Jewish Culture."
HDS is known to take interfaith dialogue very seriously. But what happens when that dialogue leaves the classroom? How does it work in the context of the “real world”—where faith is lived in addition to studied—and where trauma is a matter of experience, not just an object for discursive, intellectual analysis?... Read more about Exploring Interreligious Dialogue in Poland
Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, typically involves standing for hours with a hungry belly and a parched throat. These bodily deprivations underscore the biblical commandment to afflict our souls—an affliction that may engender liberation.... Read more about Becoming Angels on Yom Kippur
Margaux Fitoussi’s world has changed before her eyes more than once. Born in France, she lived in Paris until she was 7, when her parents—she an American dancer and he a doctor of Tunisian origin—divorced. Next was a home on the edge of the ocean in Long Beach, Calif., where her mother became a teacher, and Margaux lived with her two younger siblings and her Italian-American grandmother.... Read more about Immersed in the World’s Currents