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Sunday, 19 Nov 2017

Conference Program

 

 

Sunday 03.05.2015

 

9:00   Gathering & Refreshments (Gilman Building, Room 496)

 

 

 

Chair and Opening Remarks: Dr. Tomer Persico (Tel Aviv University)

 

 

 

Opening Lecture: Prof. Ron Margolin (Tel Aviv University)

 

 

 

                            Martin Buber: Prophet and Critic of Contemporary Spirituality

 

 

 

 

9:15 – 9:30   Break

10:00 – 11:45 – Parallel Panels A – (located in various rooms)

 

11:45 – 12:00  Break

12:00  – 13:45 – Parallel Panels B – (located in various rooms)

 

13:45 – 14:45  Lunch Break

 

14:45 – 16:30 – Parallel Panels C – (located in various rooms)

 

16:30 – 16:45  Break

 

16:45 – 18:30 – Parallel Panels D – (located in various rooms)

 

18:30 – 19:00  Break and Refreshments

 

19:00    - Evening Plenary Session (Cymbalista Center, lecture hall (

Chair: Dr. Nehama Verbin (Tel Aviv University)                                                                                                                 

Lecture:  Prof. Graham Harvey (Open University, UK)

  Re-animating I-Thou relations with the larger than human world

Discussion with the Audience

 

 

 

Monday 04.05.2015

 

 

9:00 – Gathering & Refreshments (Gilman Building, Room 496)

 

 

10:30 – 9:30    - Plenary Session (Gilman Building, Room 496 (

Chair: Dr. Tomer Persico (Tel Aviv University)                                                                                                                   

  Prof. Shaul Magid (Indiana University, USA)

Buber’s Baal Shem Tov Jesus: The Symmetry Between Jesus and the Besht in Martin Buber's Thought

Discussion with the Audience

 

10:30 – 10:45  Break

 

10:45 – 12:30 – Parallel Panels A – (located in various rooms)

 

12:30 – 13:30  Lunch Break

 

13:30 – 15:15 – Parallel Panels B – (located in various rooms)

 

15:15 – 15:30  Break

 

15:30 – 17:15 – Parallel Panels C – (located in various rooms)

 

17:15 – 17:30  Break

 

18:30 – 17:30    - Plenary Session in Hebrew (Cymbalista Center, lecture hall (

Chair and respondent: Prof. Eli Yassif (Tel Aviv University)                                                                                                

  Prof. Dan Miron (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

The Secret of the Messianic Solution as a Literary Device in the Tales of Rabbi Nachman

A Session Marking the Publication of The Complete Stories of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav    

Discussion with the Audience

 

18:30 – 18:45  Break and Refreshments

 

18:45 – 20:15 – Roundtable Discussion in Hebrew on Hasidic Nonfiction in the Face on the Enlightenment Crisis

(Cymbalista Center, lecture hall)

 

 

 

 

 

Note: The majority of the Lectures are in Hebrew. Lectures in English are colored in light gray.

 

Sunday 03.05.2015

 

Parallel Panels A

 

 

Panel A1 Studies in Hasidism (Trubovich Building, Kagan Hall 100)

 

 

 

Chair – Prof. David Jacobson (Brown University, USA)               

 

1. The Besht's Journey to the land of Israel  Dr. Tsippi Kauffman (Bar Ilan University)

 

2. The Hasidic Sermon and Yiddish: Between Orality and Textuality  Dr. Daniel Reiser (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

 

3. Emptiness, Annihilation and Rejuvenation according to the Buddha and Rabbi Nachman of Breslav: Towards a Buddhist-Hasidic Dialogue  Mr. Gideon Elazar (University of Haifa and Herzog College)

 

4. The Mystic as Prophet in Hasidism and Neo-Hasidism  Mr. Yotam Yzraeli (Tel Aviv University)

 

 

 

 

 

Panel A2 Neo-Kabbalah and Neo-Hasidism (Cymbalista Center, lecture hall)

 

 

 

Chair – Dr. Tomer Persico (Tel Aviv University)

 

1. A Spiritual Forerunner: Allen Ginsberg as a Prophet for a Generation of Seekers   Prof. Yaakov Ariel (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)

 

2. “The Prayer of the Scream”: Religious Experience and Political Individualism among Neo-Hasidic Religious Zionists in Israel and the West Bank  Dr. Nehemia Stern (Emory  University, USA)

 

3. “…Introduced By Luria”: Sfat and Jewish/Pagan Ritual Syncretism  Ms. Leigh Ann Hildebrand (Graduate Theological Union)

 

4. Neo-Kabbalah, Neo-Hasidism and the rise of the Utilitarian Self  Dr. Tomer Persico (Tel Aviv University)

 

 

 

 

 

Panel A3 Jewish Mysticism and Contemporary Spirituality (Gilman Building, Room 496)

 

 

 

Chair – Dr. Marianna Ruah Midbar (Zefat Academic College and University of Haifa)

 

1. Kabbalah and American π: Mathematics, Medicine, Egyptology and late-nineteenth-century appropriations of Jewish ‘Mysticism’  Dr. Julie Chajes (Ben Gurion University in the Negev)

 

2. Seeing, Hearing, Feeling, Becoming Color: Synesthesia & Divergent Binding of Color’s Inner Soul Tones in Kabbalah  Dr. Aubrey L. Glazer (Independent Scholar)

 

3. Kabballic Utopic Cosmology in the Art of Contemporary Jewish Artists Drawn to Orthodoxy living in Israe  Ms. Noa Lea Cohn (Bar Ilan University and Efrata College of Education)

 

4. Merkabah Mysticism: Throne, Meditation and Honor  Dr. Aviv Livnat (Tel Aviv University and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design)

 

 

 

Parallel Panels B

 

 

 

 

Panel B1 Martin Buber and Comparative Religion (Gilman Building, Room 496)

 

 

 

Chair – Prof. Ron Margolin (Tel Aviv University)

 

1. Martin Buber on the belief in rebirth  Prof. Tamar Kron (Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Tel-Aviv-Yaffo Academic College)

 

2. Martin Buber on Indian Philosophy  Dr. Daniel Raveh (Tel Aviv University)

 

3. Hasidism of the future: Hillel Zeitlin, Martin Buber and East European Hasidism  Prof. Jonatan Meir (Ben Gurion University in the Negev)

 

4. Buber's I and Thou as a Religious Study  Dr. Yaron Cohen Tzemach (Open University and Tel Aviv University)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panel B2 Pathways in Religious Zionism (Trubovich Building, Kagan Hall 100)

 

 

 

Chair – Mr. Asaf Lebovitz (Ariel University)

 

1. Theoplotic Here and Now: Contemporary Exegesis of Biblical Politics in Left – and Right – Wing Religious Zionist Thought  Dr. Idan Breier (Bar Ilan University)

 

2. Hasidism and Contemporary Spirituality: The Appeal of the Netivot Shalom in among the General Public in Israel  Ms. Noga Bing (Ben Gurion University in the Negev)

 

3. The Zaddik and the Mountain  Dr. Sarina Chen (Achva Academic College)

 

4. 'In India Everything is God': Religious Identity and Contemporary Spirituality Among Religiously observant Israeli backpackers in Northern India Ms. Sapir Peretz (Ben Gurion University in the Negev)

 

 

 

 

 

Panel B3 Between Ultra-Orthodoxy and Secularism (Cymbalista Center, lecture hall)

 

 

 

Chair – Mr. Asaf Ziderman (Tel Aviv University)

 

1. Leaving it all Behind or Just Leaving it… Does Deconversion From Haredi Judaism Mean Renouncing the Dialogical Relationship With The Haredi World?  Mr. Louis Frankenthaler (Ben Gurion University in the Negev)

 

2. Martin Buber, Admiel Kosman, and the Subversive Poetics of Prayer  Prof. Maeera Y. Shreiber (University of Utah, USA)

 

3. The Deed: Buber as a Continuer and Contributor to the Tradition of Hazal  Mr. Asaf Ziderman (Tel Aviv University)

 

4. Breathe, feel, love. Is Jewish mindfulness a new form of hassidism?  Ms. Mira Niculescu (Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parallel Panels C

 

 

 

Panel C1 Contemporary Spirituality and Religion in Israel (Cymbalista Center, lecture hall)

 

 

 

Chair – Dr. Tomer Persico (Tel Aviv University)

 

1. "Ana Heruta" (I am Heruta): A Rabbinic legend and the formation of local Judaism in Israel  Dr. Tsafi Sebba-Elran (University of Haifa)

 

2. Jew-Age among Israeli Celebs: Contemporary Spirituality as a Democratic Post-Secular Discourse of Citizenship  Mr. Asaf Lebovitz (Ariel University)

 

3. Is it Really a New Synagogue Model: Jewish Liberal Congregations in Tel AvivDr. Einat Libel-Hass (Ashkelon Academic College and Bar Ilan University)

 

4. Female Rabbis in Jewish Renewal Communities:  Female Spiritual Leadership in Israel Mr. Elazar Ben-Lulu (Ben Gurion University in the Negev)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panel C2 Rituals, Magic and the Internet (Gilman building, room 496)

 

 

 

Chair – Prof. Menahem Blondheim (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

 

1. Virtual Spirituality and Self Confidence: Imitators, Equivalents and Better than Original  Dr. Marianna Ruah Midbar (Zefat Academic College and University of Haifa)

 

2. Networked Sun-Rites – Aesthetics, Cybernetics and Spirituality  Dr. Lila Moore (Plymouth University, UK and Zefat Academic College)

 

3.  Framing digital rituals: constructing the sacred between tourism and gamification  Dr. Carmel Vaisman (Tel Aviv University)

 

4.  Illuminating the Book of Shadows: The Unorthodox uses of Social Networks by Wiccans  Ms. Hili Ratzon (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panel C3 Contemplative Education (Trubovich Building, Kagan Hall 100)

 

 

 

Chair – Prof. Ofra Mayseless (University of Haifa)

 

Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Oren Ergas (University of Haifa), Dr. Sofi Barzilay (University of Haifa), Dr. Michael Motola (Oranim Academic College of Education) and Ms. Pninit Russo-Netzer (University of Haifa).

 

 

 

 

 

Parallel Panels D

 

 

 

 

 

Panel D1 Contemporary Spirituality and Hebrew Culture (Cymbalista Center, lecture hall)

 

 

 

Chair – Dr. Sarina Chen (Achva Academic College)

 

1. Passion, Religion and Spirituality: Jewish Tradition and Modern Hebrew Literature  Dr. Gitit Holzman (Levinsky College of Education)

 

2. Poems of Sanctification and the Reinvention of the Poet as a Prophet  Prof. Haim O. Rechnitzer (Hebrew Union College – JIR, USA)

 

3.  The spiritual transformation of Spinoza adapted for a new age   Mr. Itay Ehre (Ben Gurion University in the Negev)

 

4. Ze'ev Jabotinsky's concept of religiosity and spirituality Dr. Avi Shilon (Ben Gurion University in the Negev)

 

 

 

Panel D2 Animism in East Asia and Modern Western Paganism (Gilman Building, Room 496)

 

 

 

Chair – Ms. Orly Salinas Mizrahi (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

 

1. Dualism and Animism- Can the two be Combined in Shamanic Veneration of Natural Objects?  Dr. Liora Sarfati (Tel Aviv University)

 

2. Water as a sacred element: a case study from Southeast Asia Dr. Volker Gottowik (Frankfurt University and Heidelberg University, Germany)

 

3. Bear Feasts, Pagan ritual play and the new animism  Prof. Graham Harvey  (Open University, UK)

 

 

 

Monday 04.05.2015

 

 

 

Parallel Panels A

 

 

 

Panel A1 Buber's Dialogical View (Cymbalista Center, lecture hall)

 

 

 

Chair – Prof. Ron Margolin (Tel Aviv University)

 

1. The Domestic Cat and all the Pious Pagan Souls: speaking with animals in Martin Buber  Dr. Dustin Atlas (Tel Aviv University)

 

2. Inspired by Martin Buber: The World of the Strange and Wonderful in the Chinese and Jewish Traditions  Dr. Sophia Katz (Tel-Hai College)

 

3. God as Thou and Prayer as Dialogue: Martin Buber's Tools for Reconciliation  Dr. Alex Guilherme (Liverpool Hope University, UK)

 

4. Martin Buber, Admiel Kosman, and the Subversive Poetics of Prayer  Prof. Maeera Y. Shreiber (University of Utah, USA)

 

 

 

Panel A2 Hasidic Nonfiction and the Interaction with the Values of Modernity (Gilman building, room 496)

 

Chair – Dr. Yossi Chajes (University of Haifa)

 

1. The Influence of Buber's adaptations for Hasidic Literature  Dr. Nicham Ross (Ben Gurion University in the Negev)

 

2. Hasidic Tales on American Soil: The Legend of Yossele Rosenblatt Dr. Levi Cooper (Tel Aviv University)

 

3. The Holy Miser and other Modern Heroes: Shlomo Carlebach’s Modern, Authentic, Hasidic stories  Mr. Moshe David-HaCohen (University of Haifa)

 

4. New Israeli Interpretations of the Tales of Rabbi Nahman of Breslov   Prof. David Jacobson (Brown University, USA)

 

 

 

Panel A3 Creation and Cosmology in Western and Eastern Religions (Trubovich Building, Room 209)

 

Chair – Dr. Itzhak Benyamini (University of Haifa and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design)

 

1. Cosmology Upside Down: The Early Gnosis Dr. Michael Mach (Tel Aviv University)

 

2. Creation of the World and Nature according to the Bhagavata Purana  Dr. Itamar Theodor (University of Haifa)

 

3. Womb Envy? God's Relation toward the Earth in Genesis  Dr. Itzhak Benyamini (University of Haifa and Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design)

 

 

 

Parallel Panels B

 

 

 

 

 

Panel B1 Martin Buber, Religiosity, Hasidism and Buddhism (Gilman Building, Room 496)

 

 

 

Chair - Dr. Yaron Cohen Tzemach (Open University and Tel Aviv University)

 

1. Martin Buber - from the concealed light of Gnosticism to the concealed light of the Hasidic movement  Ms. Ruth Netzer (Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Arts)

 

2. Buber and Gordon as postsecular theologians  Dr. Hagar Lahav (Sapir Academic College)

 

3. The book of Mei Hashiloach –Religious Existentialism and Living Dialogue  Dr. Aviezer Cohen (Herzog College)

 

4. Buber and Buddhism - Reflective Translation  Ms. Anha Osimlak Tsypin (Tel Aviv University)

 

 

 

 

 

Panel C1 Taking a non-Spiritual Path: Philosophical and Theological Alternatives (Cymbalista Center, lecture hall)

 

Chair – Dr. Alex Guilherme (Liverpool Hope University, UK)

 

1. Spirituality and the Logic of Religious Discourse  Dr. Hannah E. Hashkes (Independent Scholar)

 

2. The Perception of God as Creator in Modernity  Dr. Joseph Isaac Lifshitz (Shalem College and Tel Aviv University)

 

3.  Naturalizing Jewish theology: why do it? and how?  Dr. Michael Fagenblat (Shalem College)

 

4. Something Unintelligible – Buber, Sinai, and the Historicity of Miracles  Mr. Jeremy Sher (Harvard University, USA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panel B3 Spiritual Aspects of Aging and Death (Trubovich Building, Room 209)

 

 

 

Chair - Prof. Yoram Kirsh (Open University)

 

1. Spiritual aspects of aging and dying Ms. Hila Eshhar and Dr. Elisabeth Goldwyn (Tel Aviv University)

 

2. I and Thou or The Celebration of Mitzvah: Rabbi Soloveitchik’s Polemic With Martin Buber and Its Implications on Spiritual Care  Dr. Einat Ramon (The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies)

 

3. 'What do you do with all this anger?'  Spirituality and Anger in Action  Dr. Dalit Simchai (Tel-Hai College) and Dr. Avihu Shoshana (University of Haifa)

 

 

 

 

 

Parallel Panels C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panel C1 Phenomenological study of personal and spiritual processes of change (Gilman building, room 496)

 

Chair - Prof. Ofra Mayseless (University of Haifa)

 

1. Phenomenological exploration of experiences of spiritual change outside institutional religion  Ms. Pninit Russo-Netzer (University of Haifa)

 

2. Being-a-channeler-in-the-world as an experience of connectedness – a phenomenological research  Dr. Sofi Barzilay (University of Haifa)

 

3. Transformative peak experiences in nature  Ms. Lia Naor (University of Haifa)

 

 

 

 

 

Panel C2 Spiritual and Therapeutic Paths (Cymbalista Center, lecture hall)

 

 

 

Chair – Dr. Einat Ramon (The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies)

 

1. Trauma, Post-Trauma and Post-Traumatic Growth: Psychological, Hasidic and Neo-Hasidic Care and Healing  Dr. Shelly Goldberg (Bar Ilan University)

 

2. Spiritual Happiness in Positive Psychology, Neo-Hasidism and Practical Therapy  Prof. Yoram Kirsh (Open University)

 

3. Traumatic and Mystical Experiences: The Dark Nights of the Soul  Dr. Yochai Ataria (Weizmann Institute of Science)

 

4.  Buddhist path or Buddhist psychology – What exactly are we teaching?  Dr. Alon Raz (The Max Stern Yezreel Valley College and University of Haifa)

 

 

 

 

 

Panel D

 

(After the 17:30 Plenary Session in Hebrew)

 

 

 

 

 

Panel D Hasidic Nonfiction in the Face on the Enlightenment Crisis (Cymbalista Center, lecture hall)

 

Chair: Dr. Tomer Persico (Tel Aviv University)

 

Roundtable discussion with Prof. Haviva Pedaya (Ben Gurion University in the Negev), Prof. Zvi Mark (Bar Ilan University), Prof. Ron Margolin (Tel Aviv University) and Prof. Shaul Magid (Indiana University, USA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conference's Academic Committee

 

Chairs: Prof. Ron Margolin (Tel Aviv University)

 

Dr. Tomer Persico (Tel Aviv University)

 

Committee Members: Dr. J.H. Chajes (University of Haifa), Prof. Jonathan Garb (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Dr. Alex Guilherme (Liverpool Hope University, UK), Prof. Wouter Hanegraaff (University of Amsterdam, Holland), Prof. Ronald Hutton (University of Bristol, UK), Prof. Boaz Huss (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), Prof. Jeffrey J. Kripal (Rice University, USA), Dr. Isaac Lubelsky (The Open University of Israel), Prof. Zvi Mark (Bar Ilan University), Dr. Marianna Ruah-Midbar (Zefat Academic College and University of Haifa), Prof. Sara Sviri (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Dr. Nehama Verbin (Tel Aviv University).

 

 

 

 

 

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The Program in Religious Studies                                                                         Cymbalista Jewish Heritage Center
The Seventh Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality (ICSCRS)
  

 

Chairand Opening Remarks: Dr. Tomer Persico (Tel Aviv University)

 

 

 

Opening Lecture: Prof. Ron Margolin (Tel Aviv University)

 

 

 

  Martin Buber: Prophet and Critic of Contemporary Spirituality