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Magic and Monotheism

October 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 1:00pm


Speaker: Jonathan Dauber, Yeshiva University


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Magic is more than illusions and sleight of hand.  Historically in Judaism, there has been belief in the power of magic spells and rituals to help them achieve health and success. This lecture traces the controversial role that “real” magic has had in Jewish history and culture.


Professor Dauber holds a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic studies and history of ideas from Brandeis University and a PhD in Jewish mysticism from New York University. His areas of specialization include the various historical stages of Kabbalah as well as Eastern European Hasidism. He teaches a wide variety of courses covering the full range of the Jewish mystical tradition from late antiquity to the modern period in both the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and Yeshiva College.


This program is presented in relation to the Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini exhibit, on display June 24, 2018 – January 21, 2019.


October 14, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm