Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem with author George Prochnik

 
When:
April 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
2017-04-06T19:00:00-04:00
2017-04-06T20:30:00-04:00
Where:
The Gershman Y
401 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
USA
Cost:
$10
Contact:
The Gershman Y
215-545-4400

In his new work, Stranger in a Strange Land, George Prochnik revisits the life and work of Gershom Scholem, the highly regarded founder of the modern study of Kabbalah. Prochnik vividly brings to life Scholem’s beginnings in Berlin, his friendship with Walter Benjamin, critic and philosopher, and his frustrations with the ideology of Germany during the First World War.

At this talk, Prochnik will share Scholem’s life as well as how his own years in Israel brought him to question the traditional intellectual and theological constructs of Jerusalem, leading him to rediscover the city as a physical place and beyond. Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem will also be available for purchase.