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Sunday, November 21 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Berlin 28, Paris 36, Jerusalem 61. A “Golden Age Travel” Zoom teleplay

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Yehuda HaLevi, 12th century Hebrew poet and Arabic philosopher, is a spy for Rambam Maimonides' “Future Prophets” project, Cairo 1199. Keen to recruit German Jews to his team, Rambam sends Halevi on a mission to Weimar Jewry’s Golden Age, at its peak, Berlin 1928; in exile, 1936 Paris; and in Jerusalem, 1961. Two star candidates are friends: literary critic, Walter Benjamin (who, in September 1940, having failed to escape France and the Nazis, committed suicide); and political philosopher and first-wave feminist, Hannah Arendt, who escaped France to New York, where she had a long, productive, controversial career.

Since German Jews are in Unknown Future, HaLevi engages historian Izzy Zimmerman from Toronto 2021 to help. Izzy convinces his old Brandeis University rock-bandmates to assume identities of Benjamin, Arendt and Company, on a history mission. But it’s also a mission to bring dejected Walter Benjamin consolation, since in the future his work achieves fame.
Arendt is on trial, Court of History Public Opinion, for her judgment, in Eichmann in Jerusalem, and for forgiving Martin Heidegger, her ex-lover German Philosophy Prof turned Nazi.

12th century Then explores unknown Jewish Futures; 21st century Now reconsiders a famous Jewish Past in light of the Present.

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Benjamin Rubin

Benjamin Rubin, a Toronto lawyer by trade, was Festival Chair of Limmud Toronto 2018. Under his pen name, eBenBrandeis, he composes poetry, lyrics and YouTube video poems. He has edited and published a book of contemporary Jewish humor, translated from the Hebrew an autobiography... Read More →

Sunday November 21, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST