'Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind' Disability in Jewish Thought and Culture

International Conference

31 March - 2 April 2014
Universiteit Antwerpen, Hof van Liere
Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp

In cooperation with Tikvatenoe (director Ms. Rosi Rosenberg).
With the support of Institutum Iudaicum.
With the support of "Universiteit en Samenleving" of the University of Antwerp.

The conference “ ‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind’ Disability in Jewish Thought and Culture” aims to bring people together who in their research address the theology, history and practical experience of disability and Judaism. We will focus both on rabbinical theological debates, on practical implementation of religious beliefs and on the genuine experience of disability in the Jewish community, in order to understand the many tensions that arise between the different traditional sources themselves and between orthodoxy and practice. The conference will focus on – although certainly not limit itself to – the meaning of deafness, and disabilities connected to childhood and old age in these discussions.

Keynote lectures by R. dr. Zvi Marx, author of Disability in Jewish Law (Routledge, 2002), Prof. dr. Jeremy Schipper, author of Disability and Isaiah’s Suffering Servant (Oxford University Press, 2011) and R. dr. Aharon Fried.

Organizing committee: Prof. dr. Patrick Devlieger, Prof. dr. Guido Lichtert, Prof. dr. Vivian Liska, Dennis Baert, David Dessin, Jan Morrens, Stefanie van Stee.


Visitors' address
Institute of Jewish Studies
Stadscampus (Building L)
Lange Winkelstraat 40-42
2000 Antwerp
Tel. +32 3 265 52 43
Fax +32 3 265 52 41


Mailing address: IJS
University of Antwerp
Prinsstraat 13 L.400
2000 Antwerp