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Rediscovering Centers of Holiness and the Sacred

Tsvi Blanchard / October 23, 2015

Modern society seems to have lost the conception and experience of holiness, or at least to have reduced them to sociology, psychology, ethics or an amorphous sense of spirituality. We will address the possibility of recapturing a distinct, independent, and religious sense of kedusha and suggest ways in which this sense of holiness might be rediscovered in a variety of important aspects of ordinary life.


Tsvi Blanchard

Tsvi Blanchard is the Meyer Struckmann Professor of Jewish Law at Humboldt University Faculty of Law in Berlin as well as scholar-in-residence at the Institute for Law, Religion and Lawyer’s Work at Fordham Law School. In addition to being an ordained Orthodox rabbi, he holds PhDs in Philosophy and Clinical Psychology. He has taught philosophy and Jewish studies at Washington, Northwestern and Loyola Universities as well as at Drisha Institute and has had a private practice in psychotherapy. In addition to his articles on Jewish law, his publications include the 2002 Riesman award winning “How to Think About Being Jewish in the Twenty-First Century: a New Model of Jewish Identity Construction,” a book that he co-authored, entitled Embracing Life, Facing Death: a Jewish Guide to Palliative Care, and non-academic writings on a variety of Jewish topics.


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