IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 625: Jewish and Christian Attitudes towards Death

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Simha Goldin, Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center, Tel Aviv University
Moderator/Chair:Simha Goldin, Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center, Tel Aviv University
Paper 625-aJewish and Christian Attitudes towards Death: State of Research
(Language: English)
Simha Goldin, Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center, Tel Aviv University
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 625-bChristian Influences on Yahrzeit-Kaddish?
(Language: English)
Andreas Lehnardt, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 625-cThe Memorbuch, Jewish Memorial Book of Ashkenaz: Interrelation with Christian Commemoration Culture
(Language: English)
Nati Barak, Department of Jewish History, Tel Aviv University
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Abstract

Abstract Paper -a:
In the present paper I intend to shed some light on Yahrzeit-Kaddish, the latest development of these uses of the Kaddish, a commemoration custom on the anniversary of the parents death which seems to have emerged only in 13th century Ashkenaz. Moreover, I intend to check the question on Christian influence on this custom.
Abstract Paper -b:
The memorial book of Ashkenaz communities in the Middle Ages took place after the crusades in 1096. The memory of the dead was cherished by their communities, and arranged in orderly lists. The memorbuch was created in order to strengthen the inner power of the community, after being battered from outside, was certainly inspired by some powers- from which the community tries to escape. The book takes its ideas from the Christian commemoration culture.