Maria Kaspina (Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow)
"The Hagiography of the Rybnitzer Rebbe (1896-1995): His Life and Miracles in the Soviet Union, Israel, and America"
We are going to discuss the practices and religious tradition of Chaim Zanvil Abramovich, the Rybnitzer Rebbe, who lived approximately a 100 years. The stories about his behavior differs from auditory who retell the miracles and we will trace the changing of the plot and motifs in the narrations recorded from Soviet Jews from Rybnitza (Transnistria region) and transformation of the same stories in recently published American hassisic hagiographic books in Hebrew, Yiddish and English.
This event is conducted entirely in Yiddish.
Dr. Maria Kaspina, PhD, till 2022 was a lecturer at the Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies, Russian State University for Humanities, and Deputy academic director of the Museum of Jewish History in Russia (Moscow). She is the Coordinator of Academic Projects of SEFER Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization. Dr. Kaspina is teaching courses on “Rabbinic Literature”, “Jewish Folklore” and “Traditional Culture of East European Jews”. From 2004 – 2021 she was in charge of organizing annual Jewish ethnographic expeditions to Ukraine, Belorussia, Moldova and Russsia. In March 2022, she made Aliyah and now lives in Israel.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that the location of this event has been changed to JHB318 (3rd Floor, Room 318 in the Jackman Humanities Building at 170 St. George Street)!
This lecture will be delivered in-person at JHB318 and virtually via Zoom. To attend virtually, please click THIS LINK on Tuesday, October 25, at 1PM.