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