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Epidemic Disease in Early Modern Jewish History and Culture
In this series of sessions we will explore the impact of plague as a recurring phenomenon for Jewish individuals and communities (kehillot) in early modern Europe, roughly from 1500-1750, the period that coincided with the “Second Plague Pandemic” in which plague recurred in many places once a generation. We will explore different Jewish cultural, ritual, medical, and social responses to plague, and consider the ways in which Jews aimed to grapple with, survive, and adapt to situations of crisis.

Class 1: Experiencing Epidemic in the Everyday
Class 2: Early Modern Medical Writing
Class 3: Halakha and Minhag
Apr 18, 2021 08:00 PM
Apr 25, 2021 08:00 PM
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Dr. Joshua Teplitsky
Joshua Teplitsky is an associate professor in the Department of History at Stony Brook University (SUNY), where he researches and teaches about Jewish life in Central Europe in the early modern period. His book, Prince of the Press: How One Collector Built History's Most Enduring and Remarkable Jewish Library was published in 2019 and was named the winner of the Salo Baron Prize of the AAJR for best first book in Jewish Studies in 2019, the 2020 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award of the Association for Jewish Studies, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. He is currently at work on a book reconstructing a plague epidemic in eighteenth-century Prague and its impact on Jewish social and cultural life in the city. He has been interviewed for his research on epidemics and Jewish life in Times Higher Education, Jewish Action Magazine, and Time Magazine.