After an entirely Sold Out weekend of performances and huge response from ticket-buyers, and 3 great post-show discussions (one on Thursday night and two on Sunday — notes hopefully to be posted soon), we return to the poll we’ve been asking audiences to respond to in ballots at the theater and on line — a question which will be more fully debated on April 1st at our “Spinozium…”
SHOULD BARUCH DE SPINOZA’S CHEREM BE REVERSED?
The Background: In 1952, David Ben-Gurion, in between terms as Israel’s prime minister, appealed to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel to cancel the “cherem” (the religious banishment) on Spinoza. The Rabbinate rejected the appeal, arguing that they were not competent to overrule the wisdom of the rabbis who signed the original writ in Amsterdam on July 27, 1656. Theater J now turns to its own audience to ask, “if you had the power, would you move to reverse Spinoza’s excommunication?”
As of 6 pm, March 11, 2012, votes from theater-goers and online follows are:
3 NO POSITION TAKEN (but comments given)
(YES) But that does not address the responsibility to the Jewish community in relation to the state
(No Vote at all ) Food for thought! Is this ‘vote’ any different than Mormons baptizing Jews after death?
(NO) The word of God is the Spirit of man. The discussion of man is or is not God takes away from studying the word of God as a way of life.
(NO) reversal would not be consistent with Spinoza’s philosophy of causation
These vote totals, which are to be tallied daily until April 1, 2012, are to be entered into the amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs during Spinoza’s re-trial at our SPINOZIUM, April 1, 2012.
For a full Spinozium schedule, click here.
To cast your own vote on Spinoza’s posthumous fate, click here.