On the Threshold of Forgiveness; Law and Narrative in the Talmud

The 16th annual Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lecture--held March 21 at the DePaul University Lincoln Park Student Center--featured Professor Moshe Halbertal, Gruss Professor at New York University School of Law and Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Halbertal spoke about the relationship between law and narrative in the Talmud in the context of forgiveness. Father Thomas Baima then read a response from  Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., who could not be in attendance. Halbertal is recipient of the Bruno Award of the Rothschild Foundation and the Goldstein-Goren Award—best book in Jewish Thought in the years 1997-2000. His most recent book is By Way of Truth: Nachmanides and the Creation of Tradition (published in Hebrew). The program was sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago, The American Jewish Committee, Chicago Board of Rabbis, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, and Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. The 2011 co-sponsor is DePaul University: Catholic Studies, Religious Studies, Center for Interreligious Engagement, Center for Intercultural Programs, Office for Institutional Diversity and Equity, and University Ministry.

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