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Nearly 60 students reflect at the University on the Judeo-Christian roots in Europe and Latin America

Joseph Weiler, professor at New York University and high school of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) gave a lecture lecture in the framework of the activity promoted by the ICS with the partnership of the Fundación HispanoJudía.

/Students participating in the workshop 'Rediscovering Judeo-Christian Roots in Europe and Latin America', held at the University of Navarra.

14 | 10 | 2022

About 60 students from the University of Navarra participated in a workshop on the Judeo-Christian roots in Europe and Latin America. The event was organized by the group 'Vínculos, creatividad y cultura' of the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS), with the partnership of the Fundación HispanoJudía.

They are students of the subject 'History of the Contemporary World' of the double Degree in International Office and Law, taught by Anna Dulska, ICS researcher. They debated on the contribution of the Judeo-Christian roots of Europe to peace and social cohesion and presented their work at group, which was evaluated by a jury composed of Professor Weiler; Sergio Bergman, rabbi and member of the committee advisor of the Hispano-Jewish Foundation; and Julia Pavón, dean of the School of Philosophy and Letters and principal investigator of the group 'Links, creativity and culture'.

The winner was group led by Iván Sánchez and composed of Julia Duque, Miguel Elizalde, Irene Mesanza, Txell Reguant, Eugenia Moratinos, Amaya Clemos, María Balibrea and Lucía Anguera.

Overcoming anti-Semitic prejudices: social-anthropological and religious

Joseph Weiler, professor at New York University and high school of Europe (Bruges, Belgium), spoke at the framework of the workshop , with the discussion paper 'Is the Judeo-Christian tradition important for Europe'. Of Sephardic origin, Professor Weiler is considered one of the leading experts on the law of the European Union. 

Weiler referred to the main anti-Semitic prejudices present in society: the social-anthropological and the religious. Regarding the first category, he refuted the identification of people who profess the Jewish faith with wealth, greed, dishonesty.... 

As for the second, he clarified some questions about Jewish ritual laws, such as food restrictions or the observance of the Sabbath. He emphasized their importance for Jews to be able to keep God present in their daily lives and to preserve man's freedom from his material reality.

In the afternoon, he also gave a seminar room for teachers on what should be included in the lecture of the Future of Europe and, conversely, which issues should not be present.