This event was presented in partnership with the Hyman S. and Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival at the Jewish Community Center.
Rebecca Goldstein talked about her book, Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity, published by Schocken. She described the 17th-century Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza who was excommunicated for heresy at the age of twenty-three. She explored the conflict between his identity as a Jew and his belief in a secular, rationalist philosophy. She argued that his secular attitude was a response to a crisis of Jewish identity that he witnessed among the exiles of the Spanish Inquisition living in his community. After her presentation the author responded to audience members' questions.
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