Learning at Beth Israel with Rabbi Alexander Seinfeld

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Date(s) - Tuesday, November 7, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Beth Israel Congregation


Rabbi Alexander Seinfeld, renowned author of The Art of Amazement, will present a two-part program on “The Rabbinic View of Evil”. The event is free and open to the public.

Satan the Nemesis
“Satan” is known to most of us through non-Jewish images and legends. The name is in fact Hebrew and originates in the Tanach. Moreover, the rabbis who wrote the midrashim and the Talmuds had much to say about “the satan”. Alexander Seinfeld wrote his doctoral dissertation on the rabbinic view of the satan as portrayed in the Babylonian Talmud.

Lecture 1: The Historical Context
The Talmud was written in an historical context that included Hellenism, Zorastrianism, Christianity and other ideologies, as well as bitter conflict between Rome to the West and Persia to the East. Moreover, the rabbis who wrote the Talmud had in their possession the same Biblical text that Christianity was now claiming for itself (as the “Old Testament”). This lecture will weave together these historical and ideological contexts in which the Satan texts of the Talmud were composed.

Questions? Rabbi Rachel Blatt, 410-654-0803 x215 or rblatt@bethisrael-om.org.