Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 7 pm—Congregation Emanu-El Adult Education Team invites you to the first of our 2020/21 “one-off sessions” on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 7 pm featuring a discussion of Kafka, Nachman, Kabbalah and Neuroses by Lee Henderson, an Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Victoria. Lee will discuss Franz Kafka, his writing, his life, and the influence of Jewish mysticism and kabbalah on his themes and style, and in particular, Kafka’s familiarity with the great Hasidic storyteller from a century earlier, Rabbi Nachman.
Gershom Scholem was first to identify the common ground between Kafka’s stories and Nachman’s. And there are parallels too, between their lives, too, that are worth noting: Nachman, the great spiritualist; Kafka, the great existentialist. They had much in common.
The presentation will be on Zoom at the following link: