New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656
By David Ives, Directed by Jeremy Skidmore
Through July 25, 2010
Theater J at the D.C. JCC, 1529 16th Street, NW, Washington
As a young man Spinoza could not have been poisoning the community that much when his ideas were still percolating, just as the rebellious son (which some say never happened) is still at the beginning of his career. Imposing a cherem is a gamble, just like trying the rebellious son is a risk. In the world of New Jerusalem, Spinoza appeared to have been grossly mistreated and misunderstood. But perhaps a wider scope is in order. He was either seditious, in which case he got what he deserved, or his ideas were brilliant and the cherem forced him to continue to pursue his scholarship.
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