Speaker discusses Confucius, Talmud in St. Louis Park
Or Emet, the Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, will host Barbara Davis, director of Great River Tai Chi Chuan in Minneapolis, 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18.
Davis plans to discuss the similarities between “The Analects of Confucius” and the Talmud’s “The Ethics of the Fathers.” She will explore their content and significance and what they mean to readers in contemporary times.
The program will take place at the Minneapolis Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 Cedar Lake Road. S., St. Louis Park. A short humanistic Jewish Sabbath service will precede the free program. An Oneg Shabbat reception will follow.
“The Analects of Confucius” and “The Ethics of the Father,” known in Hebrew as Pirke Avot, are from two different cultures and times but Davis argues the two works seem to have much in common: influential moral teachings, maxims and proverbs that have been handed down through the centuries.
Davis has a Master’s degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Minnesota and is the author of “The Taijiquan Classics: An Annotated Translation.”