|Hanukkah is one of the most celebrated and familiar Jewish holidays, but why and from where it was created often remains shrouded in mystery.
Join us for a fascinating talk which will shed light on the origins of the holiday and give you new perspectives on the history of Hanukkah.
Steven P. Weitzman is a Professor of Jewish Culture and Religion (Harvard). He is known for his concentration on the Hebrew Bible and the origins of Jewish culture. After completing his Ph.D. from Harvard University, Professor Weitzman went on to serve as the Director of the Jewish Studies program at Indiana University. In 2009 Weitzman began teaching at Stanford University, and in the past year has become the Director of Stanford’s Taube Center for Jewish Studies.
Many of his courses at Stanford focus on the Bible and its role in shaping later religion and culture. Some of his outstanding publications that relate to this topic include Surviving Sacrilege: Cultural Persistence in Jewish Antiquity (Harvard University Press, 2005); and his most recent biography of King Solomon entitled Solomon: The Lure of Wisdom (Yale University Press, 2011).
Sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) will be served!