Rabbi Fine’s 2020 Fall Discussion Class, a Preview
May 11, 2020, 8:00 am - 9:15 am
ALTERNATIVE JEWISH HISTORY
Next year, Rabbi’s Fine’s Sunday class will be a survey of “alternative Jewish history,” a series of “what ifs” of key moments in Jewish history and how specific events might have changed historical trajectories.
As an introduction to this exploration, the rabbi will discuss Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel, The Man in the High Castle, as well as the four-season Amazon Prime series based on the novel that ended last year. The Man in the High Castle imagines an alternative 1960s reality where the Axis won World War II.
At a later date in June Rabbi Fine will discuss Philip Roth’s 2004 novel, The Plot Against America, as well as the current HBO series based on the novel, which imagines an alternative 1940s America were FDR loses the election of 1940 and an isolationist administration keeps the US out of World War II, resulting in a surge of anti-Semitism in America. Both discussions will focus on the Jewish aspects of the stories.
The first installment, on The Man in the High Castle¸ will be over zoom on Monday evening (May 11) at 8pm. Rabbi Fine promises to be careful to avoid “spoilers” for at least the first part of the presentation, so it does not matter whether or not you have read the book or watched the series.
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Meeting ID: 850 9840 6599