For Immediate Release
7 February 2011

Melissa Lamar
860.773.1407 (office)

Talk on Menachem Mendel Schneerson’s Kabbalah at Tunxis


Tunxis Community College invites the public to “Revealing and Re-veiling the Messianic Dimension of Menachem Mendel Schneerson’s Kabbalah,” a free talk by Elliot R. Wolfson, Ph.D., author and internationally recognized Judaic studies scholar, on February 24 at 7 p.m. in Room 6-127. Specialty pizzas, cookies and beverages will be served.

Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994), the seventh master of the Habad-Lubavitch Hasidic dynasty, was one of the most charismatic and best-known Jewish leaders in the post-Holocaust era. Previous scholars have focused on the question of whether or not he considered himself the long-awaited redeemer. By contrast, Wolfson poses the question of what Schneerson understood redemption itself to be. The talk will cover a number of topics of interest both to those aware of Jewish traditions and anyone curious about the role of mysticism in world religions.

Wolfson is the Abraham Lieberman professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. His main area of scholarly research is the history of Jewish mysticism, but he has brought to bear on that field training in philosophy, literary criticism, feminist theory, postmodern hermeneutics, and the phenomenology of religion. His books “Language, Eros, and Being” (Fordham University Press, 2005) and “Through a Speculum That Shines” (Princeton University Press, 1994) were awarded the National Jewish Book Award for Excellence in Scholarship. The latter volume also won the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in Historical Studies. Among his 13 other books and collections of poetry are “Open Secret: Postmessianic Messianism and the Mystical Revision of Menahem Mendel Schneerson” (Columbia University Press, 2009); and “A Dream Interpreted Within a Dream” (Zone Books, 2011). For more on Wolfson’s scholarly and creative work, visit his web site at

The lecture is one of a series of talks on philosophy and the history of ideas. For more information, call 860.773.1603, or email In the event of inclement weather, call 860.773.1300 or visit the Tunxis web site at

Tunxis Community College, which first opened for classes in October 1970, is celebrating 40 years of education in the Farmington Valley and beyond. From fine arts, health, and technology to liberal arts & sciences programs, Tunxis offers over 60 associate’s degrees and certificates, providing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare students for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs and employment in areas with industry need. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.