Monthly Archives: November 2011

27 November 2011, Dr George Wilkes, ‘Wars of Liberation, Wars of Religion: a Jewish Guide that some have called Great’

A reading of Franz Rosenzweig’s Star of Redemption, one of the most influential Jewish works of theology of the twentieth century, with an eye to our own time. Conceived on the front line of the First World War, the book scorns the arguments both of pacifists and of their opponents. Who are the fanatics today? What does it mean to engage with the grim reality of war? Rosenzweig has some interesting answers – but his work also provokes the question: should we pay especial heed to any writer who invokes a Jewish approach to war and peace?

Marian Oppenheim Hall, 4 Salisbury Road, 8pm

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13 November 2011, Dr Maria Diemling, ‘Nursing babies: Christian wet-nurses and Jewish families: A case study in Jewish-Christian relations in the Early Modern Period’

This talk will discuss the practice of wet-nursing in the context of Jewish-Christian relations.  Until the development of formula for infant feeding in the 19th century, wet-nurses were the only safe alternative to maternal breastfeeding.  Generally speaking, more Jewish women needed wet-nurses than there were Jewish women who could provide this service and therefore Jews had to look outside their communities for women who could fill this need.  This raises interesting questions such as the nature of relations between employers and servants across religious and cultural boundaries, concerns about food, discussions about the moral qualities of mothers and wet-nurses and fear of pollution.  It also allows us some insight into the roles women played in establishing links with other women outside their specific culture and adds to our understanding of the complexity of Jewish-Christian relations.

Marian Oppenheim Hall, 4 Salisbury Road, 8pm



 

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