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Friday, February 14 • 8:45pm - 10:10pm
Who Says What the Torah Says? Who Gets to Interpret Judaism (Hint: You Do, Too)

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Drawing on the work of JTS scholar Benjamin Sommer, this interactive text study will push back at those who say "It says so in the Torah" with the much better (!) statement, "We learn that it says in the Torah..." Written Torah? Oral Torah? We'll try to pin down some questions of the authority of text and authoritative interpretations in Judaism. We'll also share a few choice words about that hobgoblin called literalism.

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Joel Alter

Joel Alter is Director of Admissions for JTS's Rabbinical and Cantorial schools, where he shepherds new leaders of the Jewish people. During his 16 years in Jewish day schools as a teacher, rabbi, and administrator, Joel helped articulate pluralistic school culture. A commitment to mission-driven institutions informs his work. Joel also serves on the board of Nehirim, a community of LGBT Jews. He loves Shabbat, Torah, Hebrew, hiking, good friends... Read More →

Friday February 14, 2014 8:45pm - 10:10pm

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