With Rabbi Shai Held
Monday-Thursday, May 10-13, 5:00-6:15 PM Eastern
The book of Ruth, traditionally read on Shavuot, is one of the richest and profoundest books in the Hebrew Bible. How is this lustrous story connected to the festival that celebrates the receiving of the Torah? What can its major themes -- hesed (loving kindness) first and foremost-- teach us about our relationships with God, others, and ourselves? In 4 sessions dedicated to close readings of the text, we'll explore the book from literary and theological standpoints, considering Rabbinic midrash, medieval commentaries, and modern scholarly and feminist approaches.
Rabbi Shai Held -- theologian, scholar, and educator -- is President, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Hadar. Previously, he served for six years as Scholar-in-Residence at Kehilat Hadar in New York City, and taught both theology and Halakhah at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He also served as Director of Education at Harvard Hillel. He holds a doctorate in religion from Harvard; his main academic interests are in modern Jewish and Christian thought, in biblical theology, and in the history of Zionism. Rabbi Held's first book, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, was published by Indiana University Press in 2013; The Heart of Torah, a collection of essays on the Torah in two volumes, was published by JPS in 2017.