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What Really Happened on Leah's Wedding Night?

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm

Jerry Rabow

Jerry Rabow, author of The Lost Matriarch: Finding Leah in the Bible and Midrash, will draw on the techniques and disputes of 2,000 years of rabbinic commentary to describe the imaginative interpretations of the biblical story of Leah.   His talk promises to be a provocative and entertaining experience in learning how to read Torah as literature. Read more

The Ruins of Lifta: Where the Holocaust and Nakba Meet

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Ruins of Lifta

This is an advance screening of a documentary asking whether Jews' awareness of the Holocaust distorts their perceptions of Palestinians.  Menachem Daum, an American Orthodox Jewish son of Holocaust survivors, sets out to answer this question by establishing a personal relationship with Yacoub, a Palestinian in Israel. Daum joins the effort to save the ruins of Yacoub's childhood village from Israeli luxury development. This engaging film thoughtfully and sensitively explores important Jewish issues.     Read more

Rembrandt and the Rabbis: Classical Rabbinic Interpretations in Rembrandt’s Biblical Scenes

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

Rembrandt's David

Rembrandt, the great 17th century Dutch Calvinist artist, is famous for his portraits; but he also painted or etched many images of biblical stories.   Do his scenes from the Hebrew Bible reveal a pattern of borrowing from sophisticated rabbinic interpretations in the Talmud and Midrash?  Jerry Rabow will consider the evidence by examining some prominent artworks by Rembrandt together with their related biblical texts and ancient and medieval commentaries. Read more

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