This talk will discuss a Hebrew amulet written by the famous adventurer, Giacomo Casanova. Professor Maciejko will discuss Casanova's interest in Kabbalah and his contacts with the Jews, as well as the reception of Jewish amulet lore among the Christian esotericists of the Age of Enlightenment.
Paweł Maciejko is an Associate Professor of History and Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Chair in Classical Jewish Religion, Thought, and Culture at Johns Hopkins University. Between 2005 and 2016 he taught in the Department of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His first book, The Mixed Multitude: Jacob Frank and the Frankist Movement, 1755–1816 (Penn Press, 2011) was awarded the Salo Baron Prize by the American Academy of Jewish Research and the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award by the Association for Jewish Studies. He also published a critical edition of Jonathan Eibeschütz’s tract And I Came This Day unto the Fountain.