The sages of the Rabbinic period shaped the way the Jewish tradition looks
at the Bible. Their manner of interpretation is known as midrash. This
course will explore how the rabbinic sages interpreted key stories in the
Torah, with attention to the textual, historical, religious and literary tools
necessary to access this body of literature.
The text reading will be examined in English translation, with attention paid
to Hebrew as relevant. This course is based on material prepared by Rabbi
Mordechai Silverstein of the Conservative Yeshiva.
Wednesdays, 11:30am - 12:45pm
September 4: Avraham and the Idol Shop
September 11: The Slaying of Abel by Cain
September 18: The Significance of Abraham
September 25: The Sins of Sodom and Gomorrah
October 30: The Binding of Isaac
November 6: The Burning Bush
November 13: The Struggle Over Who Would Enter the Sea
All sessions taught by Rabbi Ben Goldberg.
Feel free to bring your own nut-free dairy or pareve lunch.
Free and open to the community.