Oxford University Chabad Society invites you to

Pre-Festival of Shavuot - Tikkun Leyl Shavuot Programme 2021

Sunday, 16 May, 5pm-8pm

Tikkun Leyl Lecture Programme:

5pm Pammy Brenner, Oxford

‘Shavuot as Chag HaBikkurim – Festival of the First Fruits’

Pammy Brenner is a postgraduate student at the University of Oxford. She received her BA in Yiddish Studies from Barnard College and Managing Editor of Women on the Yiddish Stage, forthcoming from Syracuse University Press.

5.15pm Rabbi Eli Brackman, Oxford University Chabad Society

'Rashi on Ruth in the super-commentary of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson'

5.30pm Avi Blumgart, St John’s College, Oxford

5.45pm Dr. Naftali Loewenthal, University College London

"When Israel said 'we will do and we will hear'.." 1912 , exploring a four year teaching by Rabbi Shalom Dovber Schneersohn which began on Shavuot, 1912.

Naftali Loewenthal lectures in Jewish Spirituality at University College London’s Department of Hebrew & Jewish Studies. He is author of Communicating the Infinite: the Emergence of the Habad School (Chicago) and Hasidism beyond Modernity, Studies in Habad Thought and History (Litmann).

6pm Dr. Ros Abramsky, Oxford

'The body in question'

Ros Abramsky is an Oxford researcher who studied Crystallography at Birkbeck, where she taught Science Communication, as well as at Imperial College. She completed her PhD in Information Science from Loughborough University.

6.15pm David Frisch, St Cross College, Oxford

‘Obeying a Statement: What Makes the First Commandment a Commandment?’

6.30pm Dr. Peter Bergamin, University of Oxford

'Between land and nation: Abba Ahimeir's conception of the Jewish People'

Peter Bergamin is Lecturer in Oriental Studies at Mansfield College, University of Oxford, and Visiting Scholar of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. His The Making of the Israeli Far Right: Abba Ahimeir and Zionist Ideology (I.B. Tauris) will be published in November 2019. 

6.45pm Dr. Israel Sandman, University College London

'Receptivity to the Infinite'

Israel Sandman is a Fellow at the Hebrew & Jewish Studies Department at University College London and an expert on medieval Jewish philosophy and manuscripts. 

7pm Professor Joshua Getzler, University of Oxford

‘Naomi’s Enigmatic Silence’

Joshua Getzler is Professor of Law and Legal History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Hugh's College, Oxford. He serves on the editorial board of the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and the Journal of Equity and is co-editor of the new OUP monograph series Oxford Legal History.

7.15pm Brian Deutsch, Oxford

‘Reflections on the Book of Ruth’

Brian Deutsch is an Oxford scholar with expertise in Hebrew manuscripts. He assisted with the cataloguing of the Hebrew collection at Christ Church, Oxford.

7.30pm Professor Hindy Najman, University of Oxford

'The poetics of the book of Ruth and the Ethics of Supererogation (Lifnim Meshurat Haddin)'

Hindy Najman is the Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at Oriel College, University of Oxford. Her research interests encompass Composition and Author Function; Construction and Imitation of Biblical Figures; Practices of Pseudepigraphy and Pseudonymous Attribution; Revelation, Divine Encounter and Prophecy; Idealized Sage and Perfectionism; Philology and Philological Practices; Diaspora and Exile; Authority and Tradition; Allegorical Interpretation and Midrash; Destruction and Recovery; Collection and Canon; the History of Biblical Interpretation; and Scholarly Practices of Reading the Bible and Biblical Traditions. She has written on the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Rabbinic Literature and Pseudepigrapha. Her publications include Losing the Temple and Recovering the Future: An Analysis of 4 Ezra, Past Renewals: Interpretive Authority, Renewed Revelation and the Quest for Perfection, Seconding Sinai: The Development of Mosaic Discourse in Second Temple Judaism, and a recent essay entitled “Ethical Reading: The Transformation of Text and Self.” She is currently working on a new book entitled: Reading Practices and the Vitality of Scripture (Oxford University Press). 

7.45pm Professor Benjamin Sommer, The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, Jewish Theological Seminary

'What Does It Mean That G‑d 'Speaks'? A Close Look at an Important Verse at Numbers 7:89'

Benjamin D. Sommer is an American biblical scholar and Jewish theologian. He is a Professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America and a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He is a former director of the Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies at Northwestern University.

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For more info about the holiday visit:  www.oxfordchabad.org/shavuot 

(Shavuot commences - candle lighting in Oxford at 8.35pm)

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First Night Shavuot Festival Dinner 

Sunday, 16 May

Shavuot evening services 9.30pm (after nightfall), followed by festival dinner

At the Chabad House garden, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR

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All are welcome!


Second Night Shavuot Festival Dinner 

Monday, 17 May, 10pm (after nightfall)

At the Chabad House garden 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR (indoors)

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All are welcome!


Shavuot Festival Lunch 

Monday, 17 May, 1.30pm

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR (indoors)

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Shavuot Festival Lunch 

Tues, 18 May, 1.30pm

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR (indoors)

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All are welcome!


Wishing you a happy Shavuot!

Oxford University Chabad Society