The Jews of Sefarad Between Edom and Kedar

International Conference in Honor of Prof. Yom Tov Assis

The Ben Zvi Institute
for the Study of Jewish
Communities in the East

Hispania Judaica Center
The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


The Jews of Sefarad Between Edom and Kedar
International Conference in Honor of Prof. Yom Tov Assis

Sunday-Tuesday, Febuary 26-28 2012


Sunday, 26-2-2012
The Ben Zvi Institute, 12 Abravanel St., Jerusalem

19:00-19:30 Reception

19:30-21:30 Inaugural session

Chair: Michael Glatzer
Reuven Amitai, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Richard Cohen, Head of the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry
José Ramón Magdalena, יום טוב עסיס: האיש ופועלו
Elie Assis, From Barcelona to Jerusalem, דברים לאבא

Opening lectures:

Yosef Kaplan, בין יצחק בער לקלאודיו סנצ'ס אלבורנוס - הקרע שלא נתאחה
Mark Meyerson, Violence, Masculinity, and Assimilation: Conversos in Fifteenth-Century Valencia

Monday, 27-2-2012
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus
Bronfman Hall (The Sherman Administration Building)

Session A 09:00-11:00 Medieval Spain
Chair: Ram Ben Shalom
Greetings by Menachem Ben Sasson, President of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Cyril Aslanov, Sefarad as an Alternative Name for Hispania: A Tentative Etymology
Moisés Orfali, Disposiciones referentes a los préstamos de judíos en las Cortes de Castilla y León
Attitudes Toward Jewish Usury as Reflected in the Laws Passed by the Castilian Cortes
Ilan Shoval,  דיפלומט יהודי מומר בשירותו של מלך אנגליה בארצות האסלאם? מאי-יולי 1212
Yosef Rapoport, יחסי המנהל המלכותי עם המיעוט היהודי בממלכת נבארה לפני הגירוש

Coffee break

Session B 11:30-13:30 Society in Context of Geography and Everyday Life
Chair: Robert Bonfil
Renée Levine Melammed, Sefardi Women's Lives as Reflected in the Cairo Genizah
Hannah Davidson, Wise Women and Male Problems: the Rivash on Medical Efficacy
Eleazar Gutwirth, Town and Country in Medieval Spain

Lunch break

Session C 15:00-17:00 Sefardi Texts before and after the Expulsion
Chair: Shalom Sabar
Edwin Seroussi, Which Romance Songs did Iberian Jews Sing Before 1492?
Meritxell Blasco & José Ramón Magdalena, Catalonia Hebraica.
Fragmentos hebraicos del Arxiu Municipal de Girona y del Arxiu Històric de Girona
Abraham David, בית בירב בארץ-ישראל ובמצרים במאות הט"ז-י"ז לאורה של גניזת קהיר ומקורות אחרים; פרק בקורותיה של משפחה ספרדית לאחר הגירוש
Schulamith Halevy, התעמקות בתפילות האנוסים, מקורותיהם היהודיים, והביטוי שהן נותנות לעולמם הרוחני והריאלי

Coffee break

Session D 17:30-19:30 Philosophy and Religion in Medieval Spain
Chair: Mark Meyerson
Moshe Idel, Messianic Speculations in Early Catalan Kabbalah
Nahem Ilan, Between Oral Sermon and a Written Commentary: A Consideration of Rabbi Yosef Ben Shoshan's Polemic with the 'Philosophizers' in his Avot Commentary
Judah Galinsky, An Anonymous 13th Century Sermon from Spain: Its Author and its Significance
Chaim Hames, Reconstructing Thirteenth Century Jewish-Christian Polemic: From Paris 1240 to Barcelona 1263 and Back Again

Tuesday, 28-2-2012
The Ben Zvi Institute, 12 Abravanel St., Jerusalem

Session A 9:00-11:00 Jewish and Converso Humanism
Chair: José Alberto Tavim
Cedric Cohen Skalli, Don Isaac Abravanel and the Renaissance of Republican Thought
James Nelson Novoa, Seneca in Sefarad on the Eve of the Expulsion: A Fifteenth Century Senecan Florilegium in Aljamiado
Raquel Ibáñez-Sperber, Judíos y judaísmo en De veritate fidei christianae de Joan Lluis Vives
Ruth Fine, "A la salida de Lisboa" de João Pinto Delgado, un poema y un autor fronterizos

Coffee break

Session B 11:30-13:30 The Jews of Sefarad and the Diaspora as Reflected in Literature and Historiography
Chair: James Nelson Novoa
David Bunis, Echoes of Judezmo in the Responsa of Rabbi Yeshayahu Pinto (1565-1648) of Syria and Egypt
Alisa Meyuhas-Ginio, Joseph and his Brothers According to the Me’am Lo’ez: Rabbi Ya’akov Khulí’s Ladino Commentary on the Book of Genesis (A. 1730)
Idan Pérez, Endecha de la madre que se comió a su hijo según dos fragmentos de la guenizá de El Cairo
Nitai Shinan, From Traditional Antijudaism to Rhetorical Philosemitism: Ninteenth-Century Historians Juan Antonio Llorente and Emilio Castelar as Case Studies
Idan Pérez, סייטה פארטידס. ממצא של כתב-יד מהמאה הי”ד בספרייה הלאומית בישראל

Lunch break

Session C 15:00-17:00 Conversos
Chair: Yosef Kaplan
Ram Ben Shalom, The Innocent Converso: Identity and Rhetoric in Hebrew Letters Following the Persecution of 1391
Nadia Zeldes, The Case of Nicolas Aragones: The Role of the Political Upheavals in the South of Italy on the Fate of Sefardi Exiles
José Alberto Tavim, A "Marvelous" Tale of New Christians on the Immigration of the Jews from France to Portugal
Claude D. Stuczynski, Conversion Narratives in Portuguese Converso Apologetics

Coffee break

Session D 17:30-19:30 Aleppo
Chair: Moisés Orfali
Miriam Frenkel, Al-Raqqa/Kalne: A Medieval Jewish Community in Aleppo’s Environs
Leah Makovetsky, The Relations between Aleppo Community and Eretz Israel Communities through the Years 1517-1800
Yaron Harel, הפעילות המיסיונרית כמניע לייסוד חברות צדקה חדשות בחלב בשלהי המאה ה-19
Dov Cohen,"שליח לעצמו": קווים לדמותו של הרב אברהם חמוי

Concluding Remarks: Raquel Ibáñez-Sperber
Response: Yom Tov Assis

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Organizing Committee
Dr. Ram Ben Shalom
Mr. Michael Glatzer
Dr. Raquel Ibáñez-Sperber
Dr. Claude D. Stuczynski

This conference is supported by:

The Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies
The Faculty of Humanities
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Ministry of Education, the Center for Integration of the Heritage of Sephardi and Oriental Jewry

Shaul and Luisa Sutton Dabah
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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