The Jewish Theological Seminary hosts “The State of Israel: Messianism Without a Messiah?” with speakers Dr. Hillel Ben Sasson, a visiting assistant professor of Israel studies at JTS, and Dr. Benjamin Gampel, Dina and Eli Field Family Chair in Jewish history there. Dr. Barbara Mann, JTS’ Simon H. Fabian chair in Hebrew literature, will moderate the talk. The discussion will explore what the messianic idea has meant for Jews through the ages—and in modern Israel, the role it plays in contemporary Israeli politics on both the right and left, and the dramatic and even revolutionary implications of messianic thinking in shaping the future and fate of the Jewish state.
The program — JTS’s Gerson D. Cohen Memorial Lecture — is on Wednesday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m. at JTS, 3080 Broadway (corner 122nd Street), in Manhattan. Photo ID is required. Reservations are at www.jtsa.edu/messianism. The panel also will be live streamed at www.jtsa.edu/live.