When Heroes Stumble: The Stories We Do and Don’t Tell

Date: Sep 16, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017

Time: 9:45 p.m.

Sponsor: JTS Learning in Your Community

Location: Toronto

Category: JTS in Your Community

Pre-Selihot Talk with JTS Fellow Dr. Yedida Eisenstat

Saturday, September 16, 2017

9:45 p.m.:  Talk with Dr. Yedida Eisenstat

11:00 p.m.: Dedication of Memorial Plaques and Selihot Service

In this season of self-examination, we turn to take a look at the story of David and Bathsheba, in which it is clear that David sinned in sending Bathsheba’s husband to the front lines of war to be killed. The ancient rabbinic sages and some medieval commentators try to explain away David’s murderous misdeeds. The study of this biblical narrative and its interpretation will perhaps inspire us to examine the errors of our own ways and think about the stories we tell ourselves to excuse them. 

Yedida Eisenstat is a JTS fellow (2015–2017) and a visiting assistant professor of Religion and Jewish Studies at Colgate University. She previously taught in the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University in Toronto. Dr. Eisenstat researches the reception of Rashi’s Torah commentary and the ways in which Rashi adapted earlier rabbinic material. She was the first graduate of the Midrash and Scriptural Interpretation program at the Jewish Theological Seminary. 

Beth Tikvah Synagogue
3080 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

To learn more visit www.bethtikvahtoronto.org

Dr. Eisenstat will also be the keynote speaker Shabbat morning, September 16. 

This program is sponsored by the Dr. Margalit Cohen Fund.