Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Topic: Bible, the Talmud and the contemporary movement. How do we understand rituals during a crisis?
Abraham, generally thought of as the first Monotheist, is the first Patriarchs. We refer to him as Avraham Avinu, Abraham our Father. The way Abraham is understood in the Torah is different from the way he is understood by the Rabbinic Texts and Rabbinic Philosophers. For this class we will step away from the text of the Torah and look at the Midrash and Jewish Philosophic texts to see how the traditional scholars understood Abraham. We will ask difficult questions about our Patriarch. Was he a good man? Was he honest? Was he an ethical man? Was he a good husband? Was he a good father? Was he a model for us today?