The Torah of the New Year: The Sacrifices of Hagar, Ishmael, and Isaac

Date: Sep 12, 2023

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Sponsor: Online Learning | Public Lectures and Events

Location: Online

Category: High Holiday Learning Online Learning Public Lectures & Events

The Sacrifices of Hagar, Ishmael, and Isaac

Tuesday, September 12, 1-2:15 p.m. 

Part of our fall holiday learning series, The Torah of the New Year 

With Dr. Aaron Koller 

In the Torah readings for Rosh HaShanah, we read about the dissolution of Abraham’s family. First Ishmael is banished and nearly dies in the desert; Hagar leaves the household where she has lived for decades; and finally God commands Abraham to sacrifice his remaining son, Isaac. How do these stories come together, and how do they contribute to the ‘biography’ of the first patriarch? We will see how these linked narratives develop some of the themes of Genesis—and why they are appropriate for the New Year. 

If you have previously registered for another session in this series, your registration admits you to all sessions in the series, and you may attend as many as you’d like. 

Note: The Zoom link for this session will be in the confirmation email that you receive after you register. 

About the Series

The Torah of the New Year 

September 6, 12, 19, & 26, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. ET 

Join JTS faculty for a close reading of several of the biblical texts that we read during the fall holiday season. Discover new insights into these readings and reflect on what meanings they hold for us today.