Dr Aaron Hahn Tapper, “Boundary Jews”? Marginalized Communities and the Politics of Identity

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Date(s) - 01/05/2014
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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ACJC

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In the post-modern era, can one be part of a group merely by proclaiming self-affiliation? Does the fact that in the twenty-first century there are so many characterizations of a Jew mean that anybody can be Jewish simply if he or she identifies as such?  Or does a person need to be perceived as part of the group by those in the group itself? This talk, which focuses on five case examples of Jewish “boundary communities,” aims to raise a number of issues linked to the larger question as to whether or not there are any boundaries at all to being a Jew. These five communities are Karaites, Samaritans, African Hebrew Israelites (also referred to as Black Hebrews), Kabbalah Centre devotees, and Messianic Jews.