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March 18, 2019 Alternative Realities:
Purim & the Possibility of Transformation

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  • Date
  • time Eastern Time
  • location Merkaz IAC
    1320 Centre St. Newton, MA 02459
  • cost $10
  • organizer Israeli-American Council of Boston & Hebrew College
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Jewish Mystical Insights for Contemporary Life

Join Hebrew College’s Rabbi Ebn Leader, Rabbi Nehemiah Polen, and Rabbi Or Rose for this Purim program, co-sponsored by the Israeli-American Council of Boston (IAC) & Hebrew College.


8:00-8:25 — Schmoozing and Refreshments

8:30-8:40 — Opening Remarks

8:40-10:15 — Program

Talks include:

Rabbi Nehemia Polen – Spoiler Alert: A Theory of Laughter & the Meaning of the Book of Esther. An intertextual exploration of the biblical text, hasidic sources, and recent writing on laughter.

Rabbi Ebn Leader – Turning Away to Come Together: Rabbi Isaac Luria’s Vision of Purim & Sacred Time. Using this great mystical master’s (16th-century) theory of eternal cycles of creation and becoming, we will study his vision of Purim and the spring season.

Rabbi Or Rose – From Sinai to Purim and Beyond: Uncovering the Sacred. Following in the footsteps of Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev (18th-century), we will explore the themes of revelation, concealment, and the ongoing quest for meaning and purpose.

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