Sacrifice: What It Is, What It Could Be and Why It Matters

September 5, 2018 Cambridge $5.00 - $15.00
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Sacrifice of Isaac, Caravaggio, 1603
Sacrifice of Isaac, Caravaggio, 1603

Akeidat Yitzhak, the Torah reading for the second day of Rosh Hashanah, is usually seen as the ultimate Jewish model of personal sacrifice. But is willingness to die for God really the epitome of sacrifice?

In this session we will explore a midrash that questions Akeidat Yitzhak‘s role as the central model of personal sacrifice and offers a story about Rachel, our matriarch, as an alternative.

We will use the midrash to explore questions such as: What does sacrifice look like? What role should it play in our religious lives? And what might our High Holidays look like with a different model of religious sacrifice at the center?

This session includes a delicious kosher dinner, community-building and learning with Hadar faculty member R. Tali Adler.

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