Rabbi Andrea Weiss: 2019 Burstein Scholar-in-Residence

Next Event: October 18, 2019 Boston Free
Andrea Weiss (Courtesy photo)
Andrea Weiss (Courtesy photo)

This Sukkot, join us for a weekend of study with Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost and Associate Professor of Bible at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is co-editor of “American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days, 100 Letters” (University of Cincinnati Press, 2019) and associate editor of “The Torah: A Women’s Commentary” (CCAR Press, 2008). She has written “Figurative Language in Biblical Prose Narrative: Metaphor in the Book of Samuel” (Brill, 2006) and numerous articles on biblical poetry, metaphor and other topics.

Friday, October 18, 6 p.m.
Qabbalat Shabbat: “The Power of Metaphor in the Bible and Beyond.” We will examine how the rich corpus of metaphors contained in the Bible yields important insights about how our ancient ancestors thought about God and the world around them, plus meaningful resources for us as well.

Saturday, October 19, 9 a.m.
Torah Study: “Sukkot and the Shared Value of Caring for the Vulnerable.” One of the values shared by multiple faith traditions is an insistence on caring for the vulnerable. We will explore a range of religious texts on this topic and some of the “American Values, Religious Voices” letters that connect these sacred teachings to our own time and place.

Saturday, October 19, 4 p.m.
Havdalah Learning: “Is There Nothing New Under the Sun? Ecclesiastes and the Quest for Meaning in Life.” Commentator Michael Fox describes the biblical book of Ecclesiastes, which we read from on Sukkot, as “a strange and disquieting book” that “gives voice to…the pain and frustration engendered by an unblinking gaze at life’s absurdities and injustices.” We will delve into the wisdom offered by an ancient sage who, thousands of years later, can help us make sense of our lives.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact Brigid Goggin at bgoggin@tisrael.org or 617-566-3960.

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Friday, October 18, 2019, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Temple Israel
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Boston, MA 02215

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