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Old Dominion University's Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding will host two discussions today to commemorate "Kristallnacht," or "the Night of Broken Glass," the evenings in 1938 when mobs throughout Germany, Austria and Sudetenland freely attacked Jews in the streets, in their homes and at places of work and worship. The talks are free and open to the public.

A panel discussion on "Mysticism and the Ethics of Spirituality: Perspectives from Buddhism and Kabbalah," will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in room 921 of the Batten Arts and Letters Building. Jonathan Dauber, David and Gloria Furman Chair of Judaic Studies at Virginia Wesleyan College, will speak on "The Patriarchs as Cosmic Ethical Principles in Kabbalah," and David Putney, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies at Old Dominion, will discuss "Loving Kindness (karuna) and Meditation."

Frederick Lubich, professor and chair of foreign languages and literatures at ODU, will discuss "Surviving to Excel: The Last German Jewish Autobiographies of Holocaust Survivors Ruth Klüger, Marcel Reich-Ranicki, and Paul Spiegel," from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in room 921 of the Batten Arts and Letters Building.

This article was posted on: November 6, 2005

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