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With the Alumni Association's Wine and Cheese evening (BYO wine and cheese)


Thursday 25 July 2019

18:30 - 20:00 BST


David Rubin

Astrology in the Torah:

a comparative study of astrological themes in the Hebrew Bible and the Babylonian Talmud.

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'Mazal tov! It's a boy!' - How Jewish is mazal?

Mazal and mazal tov (loosely translated as 'luck' and 'congratulations') are Hebrew expressions used ubiquitously in modern-day Jewish parlance. This presentation embarks on a critical historical exploration of the word mazal, its evolution in meaning and implication - from its first brief mention in the Hebrew Bible, to its prevalence in Late Antiquity classical Judaic Writings, to its wide-spread acceptance in the vernacular - to discover how a word with possible idolatrous overtones became fully integrated into Judaic thought and liturgy.


David Rubin

David Rubin is a Chassidic orthodox Jew, who combines work as a ritual scribe with tutoring in both religious and secular fields. Author of 'Eye to the Infinite: How to Increase Divine Awareness -- A Guide to Jewish Meditation', his interest in the metaphysical and astrology has taken him from the writings of the Ibn Ezra, to Vedic, to Western Medieval astrology. He is presently engaged in the study of [modern] humanistic astrology.


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