Defending Diaspora: How Have Jews Thought About Their Wanderings? with David Kraemer
The majority of Jews have lived in “exile” from the time of the Babylonian Exile (6th century BCE) until recent modernity, and Judaism as we know it is, to a significant extent, a product of the Diaspora experience. Yet we have been taught that Jews always lamented their “exile,” longing to return to the Promised Land. The truth is far more complex, as Jews have often defended and even celebrated their Diaspora existence. In this session, consider and discuss some outstanding examples of this phenomenon.
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