Northwestern University

Feb
14
Thu 12:30 PM

Faculty/Student Colloquium

When: Thursday, February 14, 2019
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM  

Where: Crowe Hall, Room 1132, 1860 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Nancy Gelman   847.491.2612

Group: The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies

Category: Academic

Description:

"My Fingers for War: A Prayer for Jewish Militiamen in Colonial Suriname"

Eli Rosenblatt
Affiliated Scholar, Northwestern University


Sometime in the middle of the 18th century, a rabbi in Suriname hand wrote a Hebrew supplicatory prayer for the Jewish militia in Suriname, which at that time pursued Maroons, rebel slaves of African descent, bent on the destruction of white-owned plantations and an end to the slave system. This prayer and other Surinamese Jewish sources will be reviewed for what they can tell us about Jewish culture, antisemitism, and racism in the early Jewish Atlantic.

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