Religious scholar will deliver lecture Sept. 12

Religious scholar will deliver lecture Sept. 12

URBANA — A religious scholar will deliver a lecture on the Talmudic perspective on charity and dignity next month at the University of Illinois.

Moshe Halbertal, a professor at the New York University Law School and a professor of Jewish thought and philosophy at the Hebrew University, will deliver the annual Marjorie Hall Thulin Lecture in Religion at 8 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Knight Auditorium of Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U. A reception will follow.

The lecture, sponsored by the UI's religion department, was rescheduled from April after inclement weather forced its cancellation.

Halbertal's talk is called "On the Needs of the Poor — A Talmudic Perspective on Charity and Dignity." It is free and open to the public.

Born in Uruguay in 1958, Halbertal was raised in Israel in a modern Orthodox family. His father was a Holocaust survivor from Galicia, and his mother was an Israeli who moved to Uruguay to teach Hebrew.

He is the author of the books "Idolatry" (co-authored with Avishai Margalit) and "People of the Book: Canon, Meaning and Authority" and "Concealment and Revelation: Esotericism in Jewish Thought and Its Philosophical Implications." His latest book, "On Sacrifice," was published by Princeton University Press in 2012.

Halbertal is a member of Israel's National Academy for Sciences and the Humanities. He received a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in 1989 and was a fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University.

The annual lecture is named after the late Marjorie Hall Thulin, a 1931 graduate of the UI who worked in advertising and published poetry and children's literature.

She established the Marjorie Hall Thulin Scholar of Religion and Contemporary Culture to bring an internationally known scholar of religion and contemporary culture to campus for several days.

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