Blueprint: Place, Space, Structure and Architecture in Ancient and Contemporary Jewish Expression
We will examine the complex bonds between physical, mental, and mystical spaces. We will look at how architecture and geography are used to create order out of chaos, separate the sacred and profane, define the boundaries of the individual and the collective self, and create a sense of meaning and purpose for individuals and communities.
Our core text will be the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel. From there, we will move to some of the better, as well as the lesser, known realms of the Bible, the Mishna, the Talmud and the Midrash to study stories, fantasies, and debates that relate to the junction of space, place, structure and meaning. We will visit ancient cities, mythological spaces, ruins, caves and long-withered gardens. We will supplement this study with works of art that will bring to the table insights and sensibilities and enrich the texture of our study-experience.