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UST Hosts Herzstein Concert, Lecture in Judaism
The University of St. Thomas will host a two-day event celebrating the music and heritage of Judaism. The Herzstein Concert of Jewish Music, “An Interfaith Introduction to the Music of the High Holy Days,” will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18 in the Chapel of St. Basil, 3802 Yoakum.

The Annual Herzstein Lecture in Judaism by Dr. Jon Levenson, “Abraham Becomes a Philosopher: The Transformation of the Patriarch,” will be held at 7:30 p.m., Monday Sept. 19, in Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon.

The concert will present music used in synagogues during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Levenson is the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard Divinity School. His book Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life (Yale University Press, 2006) won a National Jewish Book Award and the Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Award in the category of Best Book Relating to the Hebrew Bible published in 2005 or 2006.

In his lecture, Levenson will propose that Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism saw Abraham not only as the patriarch who fathered the people of the covenant, as we find in Genesis, but also as the faithful sage who restored the true and proper recognition and worship of God by seeing through the false pretenses of idolatry and the philosophical claims on which idolatry relies.

The Herzstein Lecture is made possible through a gift from the Herzstein Foundation, which continues the work of Albert and Ethel Herzstein by providing grants to charitable efforts that offer individuals opportunities for advancement through education and enrichment of the human spirit.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Angelica M. Luna at 713-942-3491 or

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