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Bringing The Heart of Torah to Life
A Book Launch and Celebration
with R. Shai Held
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 7:15 - 9:00 pm
New York City
Join us as we celebrate Rabbi Shai Held's widely acclaimed new book, The Heart of Torah: Essays on the Weekly Torah Portion. At 7:15 pm, four prominent leaders in the Jewish community will offer shiurim engaging with key ideas of the book, followed by a lecture by Rabbi Held.
Presenters include Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Rabbi Shmuel Hain, and Rabbi Ethan Tucker
In his essays on the Torah, Rabbi Shai Held asks us: Is it possible to have an unmediated connection with God without being immersed in Torah and mitzvot? And conversely: Can Torah and mitzvot threaten to become a self-absorbed enterprise emptied of the divine presence? As he often does, Rabbi Held calls our attention to the dialectic tension at work in this discussion. We will study his analysis of two major figures in the Tanakh, Rivkah and Ezra, and reflect on the ongoing role of God and Torah in our lives.
Additional copies of The Heart of Torah: Essays on the Weekly Torah Portion will be available for purchase onsite.