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02/19/2020

Virtue Forum Luncheon

Alan Levenson: "Making Moral Improvement: Israel Salanter and the Musar Method"


 

Presentation Abstract -
Love of learning may be the raison d’etre of academia, but as we all know, erudition does not necessarily translate into moral excellence. Within the Jewish tradition, nobody in modern times pointed to the gap between love of learning and self-regulation more clearly than Israel Salanter, regarded as the founder of the Musar (ethics) movement. We will walk through some traditional Jewish concepts, highlighting Salanter’s novel understanding of these tenets, and his controversial view that human behavior could be improved through a prescribed path of introspection, fear of divine punishment, and a course of ‘directed reading’ on one’s moral shortcomings. This historical presentation of Musar posits that one can benefit from its method without sharing its religious presuppositions or cultural starting point. Neither the Eastern European Yeshiva world nor the Hasidic movement endorsed Salanter’s methods, but Musar admirers insist its practitioners often achieved the very virtues promoted by this Institute.

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02/20/2019

Neustadt Lectures

Michael Carasik

 

 

02/28/2020

Lecture and Concert Series

Lainie Fefferman's White Fire


 Join us for a lecture by Dr. Fefferman, followed by her performance White Fire.

 

03/03/2020

20th Annual Yedida Kalfon Stillman Memorial Lecture

Presented by Pamela Nadell


 Dr. Pamela Nadell will be presenting a talk based on her recent  book America's
 Jewish Women
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 The Scholars Room is located on the OMU 3rd Floor

 900 Asp Ave, Norman, OK 73019
 Parking available in adjacent parking garage.

 A reception will precede the memorial lecture.

 See Tryce Hyman after the event for parking validation.

 

 

03/04/2020

JuSt Lunch Lecture with Rhona Seidelman

"Under Quarantine: Immigrants and Disease at Israel’s Gate" (Rescheduled)


 Bring your lunch. We will provide snacks, tea, and cookies.

 The Scholars Room is located on the OMU 3rd Floor
 900 Asp Ave, Norman, OK 73019
 Parking available in adjacent parking garage.

See Tryce Hyman after the event for parking validation.

04/01/2020

Symposium

Celebrating 25 Years of Judaic and Israel Studies at OU