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ScholarStream: Torah Relationships

Conservative movement scholars present classes on "Torah Relationships," via Zoom. Free to STS members; $25 for non-members. 

Wed Oct 13, 2021
5:00 pm -  6:00 pm

Event description:

Coupon Code: ShomreiTorah21

Please enter this coupon code on the registration page under “Event Fees,” then click “Apply.” That will allow you to register for this series at no cost as Shomrei Torah Synagogue is a sponsor. Please note that the coupon code is case sensitive. 

Registrants will receive the Zoom link for each series in a reminder email sent about a week before the start of each series, and again on the morning of each session. The deadline to register for a given session is 7:00 a.m. PT on the morning of the session.

Series 1: Torah Relationships - Classes:

•10/6: Dr. Alan Cooper, “God, Abraham and Isaac: Who is the ‘Hero’ of the `Aqeda?” 

The story of the “binding of Isaac” (`aqeda) in Genesis 22 is a tale of problematic relationships, those among the characters as well as the reader’s relationship with a troubling and alienating story.  How can God issue such a shocking and callous command to Abraham, a faithful follower?  Why does Abraham comply without objection, in contrast to previous interactions with God?  And why does Isaac remain passive and apparently acquiescent with his life at stake?  Is there a hero in this story, in the sense of a character who is to be celebrated for his actions, and what are we supposed to learn from him?  We will take up those questions in the light of both traditional and modern Jewish commentary.

•10/13: Liza Bernstein, “Gendered Gaps: Remembering Sarah Where She is Most Erased” 

When we study the Akeidah, the binding of Isaac, we often focus on the dynamics between Abraham, Isaac, and God. We rarely ask: where was Sarah? In this class, we will use traditional sources and gender theory to open up questions of gender, community, and parenting. Through our questioning, we will remember Sarah's story and re-member Sarah, in all her complexities, as a full part of our tradition.

•10/20: Rabbi Bradley Artson, “Loving Peace, One Person at a Time” 

We often think of the pursuit of peace as a task for nations, communities, and public figures. And it is all that. But the work of peace is also private and individual. In the person of Aaron, first High Priest and brother to Moses, the ancient sages imagine what an integrated approach to making peace might look like.

•10/27: Rabbi Elliot Dorff, “The Dysfunctional Families of Genesis: What They -- and Later Jewish Law -- Tell Us About How *Not* to Treat Our Parents, Siblings, and Children” 

We have all read the stories of Genesis many times over and have interpreted them in sermons and lessons. The goal of this session is to examine them in the context of family ethics.  What bad practices do they exemplify, and what does Jewish law tell us about how to form better family relationships and avoid family violence?


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