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Martin Kaufman: Winter/Spring 2022 1 - - Mondays

A Skirball Academy Class

Martin Kaufman

Disraeli and Marx—Explorations in Identity and Ideology

It’s hard to imagine two towering European figures more different than British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and Karl Marx – other than being raised in families that converted from Judaism. The conservative dandy who defended the landed aristocracy against notions of democracy, equality or change. The grim, poverty-stricken subversive plotting the doom of the accursed exploiters.

To what extent did their personal backgrounds and identities – particularly their relationships to their Jewish identities – influence the development of their opinions and ideologies? Were they responding to the same forces even while moving in opposite directions?

We will analyze a selection of lively writings about Disraeli and Marx from Hannah Arendt, Isaiah Berlin and Gershom Scholem, all of whom insightfully painted vivid intellectual bio-portraits of these fabulously influential figures.

Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4
$180, $120 Temple Emanu-El members

 

 

OFFERED

VIRTUALLY

 

Skirball Academy General Information

The Harrison S. Kravis Course in Jewish Studies

Martin Kaufman: Winter/Spring 2022 3 - - Mondays

Martin Kaufman is a Yeshiva University–educated global consultant within the financial and natural resource sectors. He has lectured extensively in adult education programs in the New York area and has taught at the Skirball Academy for many years.

Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4
$180, $120 Temple Emanu-El members

 

 

It’s hard to imagine two towering European figures more different than British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and Karl Marx – other than being raised in families that converted from Judaism. The conservative dandy who defended the landed aristocracy against notions of democracy, equality or change. The grim, poverty-stricken subversive plotting the doom of the accursed exploiters.

To what extent did their personal backgrounds and identities – particularly their relationships to their Jewish identities – influence the development of their opinions and ideologies? Were they responding to the same forces even while moving in opposite directions?

We will analyze a selection of lively writings about Disraeli and Marx from Hannah Arendt, Isaiah Berlin and Gershom Scholem, all of whom insightfully painted vivid intellectual bio-portraits of these fabulously influential figures.

OFFERED

VIRTUALLY

 

Skirball Academy General Information

The Harrison S. Kravis Course in Jewish Studies

Martin Kaufman: Winter/Spring 2022 3 - - Mondays

Martin Kaufman is a Yeshiva University–educated global consultant within the financial and natural resource sectors. He has lectured extensively in adult education programs in the New York area and has taught at the Skirball Academy for many years.

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