The Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies (LFI) will host a lecture entitled “Teshuvah As a Common Element in the Lives of Jewish and Christian Thinkers of the Twentieth Century.” Father Thomas G. Casey, SJ, director of the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies in Rome, will deliver the lecture at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City, on Thursday, September 16, from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. in the Private Dining Room. The event is free and open to the public.
The concept of teshuvah is particularly relevant for a lecture held the day before Yom Kippur. Teshuvah, or turning to God, is the central theme of the days between Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). It is during this season of judgment that Jews are exhorted to consider their deeds, repent, and turn toward God. Father Casey will use this Jewish concept as the unifying theme in his lecture about Jewish and Christian thinkers of the last century.
The Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies is part of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. The Graduate School of JTS and the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies recently announced a consortium agreement that will begin this year. The first visiting scholar from JTS under the new partnership is Dr. Robert Harris, associate professor of Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages at JTS, who will teach Introduction to Judaism at the Cardinal Bea Centre during the spring 2011 semester. Father Casey will be the first representative of the Gregorian University to lecture at JTS.
Since 1938, the Louis Finkelstein Institute of JTS has maintained an innovative interreligious and intergroup relations program that emphasizes conversation among diverse communities. The institute’s ability to unite voices from different academic, social, and religious communities has resulted in singular conferences and interreligious cooperation and brought the relevance of Judaism and other religions to prominence on a myriad of issues.