Have a lit­tle faith

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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

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