New Topics – Excavating the Foundations of Charity in Classical Jewish Texts
Tuesday, January 22, 2019,5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST
The Klingenstein Chair of Judaic Studies at New College presents Gregg Gardner, associate professor and The Diamond Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics at the University of British Columbia.
While the Hebrew Bible demands a welcome for the stranger, as well as care for orphans and widows, it leaves specifics undisclosed. Rabbinic Judaism crafted these aspirations into communal and institutional almsgiving. Leading us through a close look at texts from the third century C.E. and following, professor Gardner reveals glimpses of the obstacles and possibilities that led to the establishment of the two key Jewish charitable organizations – the “soup kitchen” (tamhui) and the “charity fund” (quppa), as well as other methods for protecting the dignity of those who give or receive support.
The lecture is sponsored by New College of Florida, The Klingenstein Chair of Judaic Studies and The Jay Rudolph Endowment, and New Topics New College.
The event is free; however New Topics events are very close to capacity on most programs and are not currently taking online reservations. Please call 941-487-4888 for more information or to be placed on a waiting list.