Lectures by Thamar E. Gindin, PhD

The lectures are suitable for any kind of venue or event – fund-raisers, groups that meet in private homes, parties, continuing education programs, recreation, et al.

On Topics Related to Iran – 90-minute lectures or a lecture series

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The Scroll of Esther ("Megilat Esther") – The Iranian Perspective
The Book of Esther takes place at the court of the Achaemenian (Persian) monarchy and reflects the customs, culture and language of ancient Iran. Through the Book, those attending the lecture become familiar with all the above (and somewhat with Hebrew and their own language as well). After hearing the lecture, participants will have the tools to analyze, practically on their own, the names of some of Haman's ten sons.

Pajamas in Paradise – Iranian Influences on our Language and Culture
An overview of the prehistory of the Iranian tribes and language, a bit about the ancient religion, the history of the connection between Iran and Judaism, from which Christianity emerged, and the ideological (e.g. the concept of Satan) and linguistic influences (pajamas, bazaar, magic, paradise, et al.).

Iran Is more than Just Ahmadinejad – Ancient Iranian Religions
Zoroastrianism, which was founded by the prophet Zoroaster, was Iran's religion prior to Islam. Manichaeism, introduced by the prophet Mani, competed with Christianity during a certain period (and lost). How did they begin, how was the world created, what will happen after the coming of the messiah, and what we have to do to attain his coming.
Includes mythological tales and anecdotes.

The Status of Women in Ancient Iran
During Iran's Sassanian period (third century – Islam), a woman could manage property and acquire an education. But when menstruating, she couldn't even get a glimpse of the sun!

Nowruz, the Persian New Year
The Persians still celebrate New Years according to the Zoroastrian calendar (the religion that preceded Islam in Iran). A lecture on history, beliefs and traditions, accompanied by demonstrations of a festively set table. Fitting for New Years and springtime.

The Afterlife from the Ancient Iranian Perspective
What happens after we die, what transpires in paradise and in hell, how will we be rewarded for deeds such as: frequent bathing, incest, and wearing makeup.

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Beelzebub in the Bazaar – Cultures and Languages in Contact
Cultures and languages encounter one another all the time – in the past, primarily as a result of conquests and explorations, whereas currently people use telecommunications and the Internet. The contact between cultures engenders influences, some of which have been assimilated in the receiving culture beyond recognition (How did pasta reach Italy? When did we start believing in heaven and hell? Why do we break a glass during the wedding ceremony?) There are also linguistic influences between cultures (for example, borrowed words such as orange, tiara, gigolo, and checkmate).
Some anecdotes from other cultures and languages are examined during the lecture, and quite a few from Judaism and the English language.

Lecture Tasting
A bit from each lecture: The Book of Esther, Ancient Iranian Religions, Cultures and Languages in Contact, Iranian Influences on our Language and Culture, Women in Ancient Iran, and The Afterlife.

Iran – Past, Present and Future
A series of 4-8 lectures offered in collaboration with a prominent expert on contemporary Iran.

Sex and Violence in Indian Mythology
A lecture entirely comprised of stories about gods and goddesses – and sometimes humans as well.

The History of the Persian Language – For Persian Speakers
Why does every verb in Persian have two stems?
What's the origin of the ezāfe (the -e vowel between words, e.g. āsh-e māst)?
Why does an h at the end of a word sometimes turn into a g – and sometimes not?
A lecture for Persian speakers about the history of the language and its connections with other languages, including an historical-linguistic explanation of everything that's unique in the Persian language.

Lecture on Surrogate Motherhood – Based on Personal Experience
Surrogacy – recounting my personal story and answering questions from the audience. Includes biological, legal, bureaucratic and emotional aspects.
A film made about us: "Mommy Dearest" – Episode 3 (in Hebrew).

8 תגובות לפוסט "Lectures by Thamar E. Gindin, PhD"

  1. […] Thamar E. Gindin has a post (Hebrew) all about the name Yerushalam/Yerushalayim. She has some nice linguistical tidbits and a theory about how Yerushalam of the Tanakh, this is how it appears almost every time-see here for details, became Yerushalayim. […]

  2. מאת Reza:

    salam Dr Gindin,shalom…..
    Ma nishma?
    Chand rooze pish mosahebeye shoma ro ke aghaye Amir dashtid az radio Israel gosh midadam,
    khyli tahte tasire harfatoon wa hadafetoon wa dar majmoo idatoon gharar gereftam.
    bazam migam khyli karetoon ghabele setayesh hast,
    Omid be inke khodavand hamishe behetoon ghodrat wa salamati bede ,payande bashid khanoom,
    man dar Holland zendegi mikonam ,wa baese eftekhare age betonam az tarighe mail bahatoon dar tamas basham,.
    Best reegard


  3. […] people to mark the Persian New Year, Nowruz. It was posted in Persian, English, and Hebrew, on Thamar Eilam Gindin’s website.  The idea for this greeting began after Thamar published a Rosh ha-Shannah greeting by […]

  4. […] Rabbi Avi Gisser, ist ein führender national-religiöser-pädagogischer Führer in Israel. Als Führer einer großen Gemeinde in Israel sandte er einen Gruß an das iranische Volk, zum persischen Neujahr, dem Nowruz-Fest, das wir heute feiern. Den Gruß veröffentlichte er in Persisch, Englisch und Hebräisch, auf der Website Thamar Eilam Gindin : […]

  5. […] Thamar E. Gindin is an Iranian linguist. She’s a research fellow at the Ezri Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies in Haifa university, teaches Persian to private groups and in Tel Aviv University, lectures about present day and ancient Iran in various settings, and is the author of “The Good, the Bad and the Universe – a Journey to Pre-Islamic Iran. She intends to be Israel’s first cultural attaché to a friendly Iran. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrintEmailLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. […]

  6. […] Nobody knows for sure how Haxāmaniš was pronounced in Old Persian, but it is probably something like hah-xāh-mah-neesh, where all the a’s are as in “father”, and the a with the macron (ā) is longer. X is the voiceless velar fricative, as in ugh, loch, or Chanukah. The stress is uncertain; If it were as in Sanskrit, it would have been on the last syllable (hah-xāh-mah-NEESH). (Thanks, Thamar E. Gindin, Ph.D., expert on Iran!) […]

  7. מאת Hamid:

    خانوم دکتر تآمار گیندی شما سفیر فرهنگ ایران باستان در میان دوستان اسرایلی ما هستید , به خاطر کوشش های شما من دستهای شما را دوستانه و صمیمانه میبوسم و برایتان صمیمانه ارزوی سلامتی و موفقیت بیشتر میکنم
    پاریس .حمید حسینی .

  8. […] enjoy learning about the historical and cultural context should be celebrating the publication of Thamar E. Gindin’s new book Megillat Esther: Behind the Mask […]

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