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Moshe Halbertal to speak at the annual Rabin Memorial at the Jewish Community of Amherst

AMHERST – The annual Rabin Memorial event (to commemorate the assassination, in 1995, of Israeli prime minister and peace activist Yitzhak Rabin) will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St.

The guest speaker will be Professor Moshe Halbertal, who will speak on the topic, “The Struggle for Israeli-Palestinian Peace and its Challenges”. He plans to address regional and historical issues in broader terms, reflecting on failures and possibilities.

A noted Israeli philosopher, professor and writer, Halbertal divides his time between New York City, where he is the Gruss Professor at NYU Law School, and Jerusalem, where he is a professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy at the Hebrew University. He is the author of the books Idolatry (co-authored with Avishai Margalit) and People of the Book: Canon, Meaning and Authority, both published by Harvard University Press. His book Concealment and Revelation: Esotericism in Jewish Thought and Its Philosophical Implications was published by Princeton University Press in 2007. His latest book On Sacrifice was published by Princeton University Press in 2012. Moshe Halbertal is a member of Israel’s National Academy for Sciences and the Humanities.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and attendees can meet Professor Halbertal, and enjoy refreshments and drinks; the lecture will take place from 7-8 p.m.; followed by a question and answer period from 8-9 p.m.

The event is free of charge and everyone is invited. This event is co-sponsored by the World Jewish Concerns and Action Committee of the JCA, the Northampton/Amherst Chapter of Hadassah, and the Judaic and Near Eastern Studies Department of the University of Massachusetts.

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