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Lecture examines role of religion in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Mar 05, 2014 - 11:36 AM |
Religious studies professor Yakir Englander will present a public lecture on the role of religion in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict March 11.

The lecture, which starts at 7 p.m., takes place at the University of Sudbury's Canisius Hall.

He's also presenting another lecture at the venue for students at 10 a.m. on March 11 on the challenges of sexuality in contemporary Judaism.

Englander was raised in an ultra-Orthodox family in Israel and studied for many years in yeshivas. He served in the Israeli Defence Forces (1998-2001), including time spent in a special unit that identified the bodies of victims in the conflict.

Currently, he is a visiting assistant professor in religious studies at Northwestern University in Chicago, a Fulbright Scholar and faculty member at the Shalom Hartman Institute.

His Ph.D. thesis offers new understandings of the images of the male body in Jewish Ultra-Orthodox contexts in recent decades. He is author of the book, Sexuality and the Body in the New Religious-Zionist Discourse, and of articles on different aspects of sexuality and the body in Jewish theology and law.

Since 2007, Englander has served as director of Kids4Peace, an interfaith peace education program in Jerusalem and today he is the vice-president of Kids4Peace International, work for which he was recognized by the Council of Higher Education in Israel.

For more information about the lectures, contact Andrii Krawchuk at [email protected].

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