Have a little faith
The relationship between faith and deed is the topic of “Anxious Faith in Don Quixote,” a lecture by Andre Barbera in the Great Hall at St. John’s College (1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20. Barbera, a faculty member at St. John’s Annapolis campus, explores the religion of chivalry Don Quixote adheres to in his quest to honor his beloved Dulcinea. Whether one’s faith is in God, in another person, or in one’s country, obeying a code of conduct and seeking out signs that one’s faith is well-placed unites the believers in a form of anxiety. Examples will be taken from Cervantes’ classic two-part novel, but audience members who find the lecture’s themes relevant to current events are welcome to draw parallels during the question-and-answer session following the presentation. Admission to the lecture is free. For more information, call 505-984-6000.
The Santa Fe Jewish Book Council and the Gaon Institute for Tolerance Studies host the first Santa Fe Jewish Book Fair on Sunday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life (230 W. Manhattan Ave.), in conjunction with Jewish Book Month. The fair features a sale of books with Jewish themes from local and national authors as well as presentations and readings. At 10:30 a.m., Rabbi Jack Shlachter discusses the 10 books he believes can form the basis of a Jewish library, spanning the classic to the contemporary. Sandra Toro, who writes historical fiction about Sephardic Jews, reads at 11:30 a.m., and Judith Fine, author of The Spoon From Minkowitz (Global Adventure, 2014), discusses travel writing at 1 p.m. For a complete list of presentations and panels, visit www.sfjbc.org. Admission to the book fair is free; the cost to attend all of the panels is $10. A kosher food court is open all day at the book fair. — Jennifer Levin
Rabbi Jack Shlachter