Last week the Erasmus+ collaboration between the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem and the PThU was formally inaugurated with a signing ceremomy and a festive dinner with lectures. I was asked to speak about the topic ‘Changing Identities in a Global World’. In the course of the week I also taught the students of the Schechter: two classes in midrash, in which I compared parables from the NT with rabbinic parables, and a class on the repurposed synagogue in The Hague that is now a mosque.
On May 28, David Meyer defended his PhD dissertation on Yalkut Shimoni. 700 pages in French! Meyer did a great job and presented us with an interesting study on the way the editor of the Yalkut used his sources, and topped it off with a superb defense. Rob Nelisse took some pictures of me in action in my KU Leuven toga.
May was a busy month! It started with the parable seminar that I organised with Paul Mandel at the Schechter institute. The next week followed the JCP conference on Holy Places, also at the Schechter. During this conference we heard that PThU and Schechter received an Erasmus+ grant to enable student- and staff-exchanges between the institutions! Photo credits: Rob Nelisse