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January 13

Thursday 3 January, 6 p.m.: Contracts, Transactions and Obligations in Jewish Law Also within this area we can find some familiar terms but also quite different concepts. While the Czech law pays attention to the particular types of obligatory relations and appropriate contractual types, this lecture will be focused on some general rules. How legal relations are created with respect to the intention and will of their participants and also how it is possible to proceed if for one reason or another the relations do not develop in the way that was originally expected. Another lecture from the series “Selected Topics from Jewish Private Law” by Brno rabbi Shlomo Kučera.


Tuesday 8 January, 6 p.m.: How Can We Go on Living? The opening of the exhibition of drawings from the competition, which is annually organized by the Terezín Memorial, will this time be held in a more interactive way. Through your own artistic rendering you will try to imagine the daily thoughts and experiences of reality of the children who were imprisoned in the ghetto of Terezín. The atmosphere of the opening will be completed by ten-year-old Markéta Alexandrová playing the cello.                                Admission free



Tuesday 15 January, 6 p.m.: Ma´ase Merkava – Ancient Jewish Mysticism. A lecture by Helena Bönischová, the author of the newly published book Ma´se Merkava that deals with the “mysticism of Merkava”. The mysticism of Merkava is an ancient type of Jewish mysticism that flourished in the Talmudic period. While the later Jewish mysticism – cabbala – is quite well-known in Czech culture, the mysticism of Merkava is rarely spoken about. The book wants to fill this gap and will be available for purchase at the lecture.                                                                                                        Admission CZK 30,-



Sunday 20 January, 14,30 p.m.: How They Lived and What they Ate in Biblical Times. In the December workshop you could learn about how things looked in ancient towns and villages. Our January programme will link the topic of dwelling and accommodation. You and your children will explore how and what people of this time lived on. And as we understand the words “to live on” in the sense of work as well as nourishment, we can try both. What about learning to cook according to a very old recipe? At the end of the workshop you will find that what one cooks he will also eat or take home with him. ... Admission CZK 30,-




Tuesday 29 January, 6 p.m.: Polish Jewish Relations in the 1920s. The restoration of Poland in 1918 was, apart from other things, a complex task for Polish society – to define their relationship towards the numerous Jewish minorities that were incorporated into Poland through the joining of eastern territories (the so-called kresy). The Poles, after more than one hundred years of a non-existent statehood, once again assumed the role of a reigning nation and the Jewish question became one of the main problems that arose for the Polish people. A lecture by Jaroslav Kadlec from the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University within the series of lectures “Polish –Jewish Relations in the 20th Century”.  Admission CZK 30,-



Thursday 31 January, 6 p.m.: Arrival of the Jews in Moravia. In the lecture we will learn about many of the events and terms that accompany Jewish history in Moravia from the 10th to 12th centuries – for example Raffelstetten Custom Regulations, the report by Ibrahim ibn Jacob, the foundation of Podivín in 1067, folk tales about Jewish settlements, the first crusade, Isaac ben Dorbel and the Jewish settlement in Olomouc. A lecture by Pavel Kocman from the Society for History of the Jews in the Czech Republic.      Admission CZK 30,-



For the whole month of January, you can see the exhibition How Can We Go on Living? in the hall of the Department for Education and Culture of the Jewish Museum.  It is an exhibition of children´s drawings that originated from the artistic competitions organized by the Terezín Memorial. The exhibition was named after the question that those who survived the suffering of Nazi jails and concentration camps must have asked themselves at the end of the war. The first person plural in the title was chosen to preserve the unity of the young artists and Czech society as a whole with the people who went through the Nazi persecution. With this exhibition we would like to commemorate the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust Victims and of Prevention of Crimes against Humanity, which is celebrated on the 27th January. The exhibition is accessible on the days listed in the monthly programme and by a telephone appointment any time.   Admission free.


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