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Depositמגדר וזמן בכתבי ר׳ שניאור זלמן מלאדי

The issue of gender has been a topic of discussion in the research of Hasidism since S. A. Horodecky’s book (1923), in which he claimed that Hasidism brought about full equality of Jewish men and women in the field of spirituality. Although his claims have been by and large rejected, most scholars agree that the twentieth century Chabad movement has indeed created space for women in the hasidic model of spirituality. This article sets out to explore whether the particular interest of contemporary Chabad in the role of women is a new phenomenon or has existed from the movement’s inception. Rather than looking at the issue from a social-historical perspective, the article examines the gender discourse conveyed in the homilies of the founder of Chabad, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi (1745–1812). It explores the role of the feminine aspect of divinity in the process of creation, and its envisioned elevation in the future-to-come, in an attempt to establish the relation between the gender category of “female” and flesh-and-blood women in the teachings of Shneur Zalman of Liadi. This, in turn, leads to determine whether the concept of the transfigurations of genders in the future-to-come, a Chabad tradition that originates in the teachings of Shneur Zalman of Liadi and serves as the ideological ground for the empowerment of Chabad women in the writings of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe in the twentieth century, could have any relevance to the daily life of wives and daughters of Shneur Zalman’s followers.

MemberWojciech Tworek

…graphies of the Chabad Rebbe in the Post-Schneerson Era,” AJS Review 43.2 (2019): 1-27.

“Between Hagiography and Historiography: Chabad, Scholars of Hasidism, and the Case of The Portrait of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady,” East European Jewish Affairs 47:1 (2017): 3-27.

“Setting Time for Torah Study…

I am Assistant Professor in the Taube Department of Jewish Studies at the University of Wrocław. Previously, I was Ray D. Wolfe Postdoctoral Fellow at the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto, and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wrocław. My book Eternity Now (SUNY 2019) explores the teachings of Shneur Zalman of Liady, the founding rebbe of Chabad. My current research project concerns Hasidism in interwar Poland.  From 2013 to 2018, I served as the workflow coordinator and Yiddish translator for the Ringelblum Archive Translation Project carried out under the auspices of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. Since 2019, I have been involved in the collaborative project entitled A Canon of Memoir Literature by Polish Jews (University of Wrocław).

MemberPeter Matthews Wright

Professor Wright describes himself as a humanist and student of the workings of the religious imagination who applies the tools of the historian and rhetorical critic to Muslim literatures. As an historian, he reads Islamic texts for clues to their historical contexts and implied audiences. As a rhetorical critic, he studies the ways in which the use of literary devices such as allusion, citation, and echo suggest intertextual relations among religious literatures and the communities that hold them sacred. His work builds upon the pioneering studies of Egyptian modernists such as Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd and the renegade American classicist-turned-Islamicist Norman O. Brown.

MemberLangdon Elsbree

Aside from essays on Lawrence, Woolf, Hardy, Austen, Frost, and Golding,I Have been writing about the relationship between ritual and story. Two books of mine –The Rituals of Life and Ritual Passage and Narrative Structures–explore some of the relationships, especially liminality ( RP AND NS) Now retired, I still read (casually) in anthropology and try to keep up with such topics as liminality and rites of passage and the ways they inform novels and short stories, as wells as poetry occasionally.

DepositSurviving Father of Pakistan Army Aviation: Brigadier Mokhtar Karim

An insight view of Brigadier Mokhtar Karim, who has the honour of working in all three arms of pre-partition British Indian Army as an officer. The forefather of Hot-air ballooning in Pakistan and raiser of Pakistan Army Aviation Wing. He has the honour of being the pilot of one of the two “Air Observer Post” Observer planes present with Pakistan at the time of partition. A first-hand Account of him by his decedent Ayesha Majid Hamid Karim, who has the honour of penning his whole life.