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Monday, June 17 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Jewish texts we love to hate

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What do we do with Jewish texts that are morally questionable? Can we push aside boring or uninspiring work just because it doesn't suit our current climate? Can we redeem a problematic historical narrative in today's post-truth and #MeToo world? Join our panelists as they pick apart, critique, and perhaps redeem a piece of tricky or troubling Jewish text.

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Alon Meltzer

Alon is Director of Programs at Shalom and Rabbi of Or Chadash Synagogue. He trained at Yeshiva University and the University of Auckland. Alon is passionate about sociology, medieval history, and how our past, present, and future shape or could shape the Jewish world. He loves camping... Read More →

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Rachel Rosenthal

Talmud scholar & teacher, Jewish Theological Seminary
Rachel lectures in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was voted Professor of the Year in 2018. A graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle, she teaches at the Drisha Institute and in Nishma: A Summer of Torah Study at JTS. She is currently a... Read More →
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Anti-racism activist & rabbi
New York–based African-American Orthodox Jew MaNishtana—born from two African-American Orthodox Jewish parents—is a writer, playwright, speaker, novelist, and rabbi. His work tackles prejudice and bias head on and shatters misconceptions about Orthodox Judaism, American Jewish... Read More →
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Gili Kugler

Bible scholar, University of Sydney
Dr Kugler is a lecturer in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. Her main area of teaching and researching is the Hebrew Bible, especially the historical and literary development of beliefs and traditions in the Bible. Gili is originally... Read More →

Monday June 17, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Room 8

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