Friday, April 01, 2011

Yearning for Messiah: PSA

YU Honors Program Presents International Conference on Messianism on April 3

Throughout the ages, Jews have dreamt of the coming of the Messiah. This yearning for the arrival of a redemptive age, included by some Jewish thinkers as a tenet of faith, served as a beacon of hope in times of crisis and led to many remarkable episodes in Jewish history, from the times of the Second Temple up to the present day.

This year’s Yeshiva College Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program student-run conference brings together leading scholars in the field of Jewish studies to explore the history of Jewish messianism, as well as its evolving theological meaning. The April 3 conference begins at 1:30 PM at YU’s Washington Heights Wilf Campus, Furst Hall, Room 501, 500 West 185th Street.

Speakers include David Berger, dean and Ruth and I. Lewis Gordon Professor of Jewish History at YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies; Benjamin Ish-Shalom, Beit Morasha, Jerusalem; Reuven Kimelman, Brandeis University; Daniel Lasker, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Ronnie Perelis, assistant professor and the Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Chair in Sephardic Studies at Revel; Lawrence Schiffman, YU vice provost; and Elliot Wolfson, New York University.

To register for the upcoming Messianism Conference, please visit

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