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Sunday, January 14 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Midrashic Explorations of the First Murder

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We will explore the first family’s murderous sibling rivalry, Why did Cain kill Abel? Who’s to blame? His parents, Adam and Eve? G-d? Following a close reading of the narrative, we will then turn to midrashim employed by Nechama Leibowitz in her Studies in Breshit. We'll move on to highlight how the authors of the Midrash, our Sages, were themselves astute close readers of Tanakh, to communicate their profound insights into one of the major themes of the entire book of Genesis: brotherly conflict. Ishmael and Isaac, Esau and Jacob, and Joseph and his brothers. We'll consider the closing narrative of Breshit, how Yehuda’s heroism provides an antidote to the poison of fratricide.

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Rob Toren

Rabbi Rob Toren served as the Samis Foundation’s first Chief Grants Officer when he moved to Seattle in 1997 and then as Executive Director since 2010. The Samis Foundation was begun by Sam Israel to continue his philanthropic legacy and concentrates its philanthropy in the areas of Jewish education in Washington State and various program areas in Israel (archaeology, immigrant absorption, widows and orphans, and wildlife preservation). Toren is a Harvard graduate, where he majored in Near Eastern Languages and Literature, a certified cantor from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and an ordained rabbi from the Academy of Jewish Religion (NYC). He continued post-ordination studies in traditional yeshivot in Monsey, NY, and Jerusalem, including... Read More →

Sunday January 14, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Horizon (South)