Rabbi Rachel Adler PhD. at BCC: “The Miracle-Working Early Prophets and the Jewish Social Conscience”


Rabbi Rachel Adler, author of Engendering Judaism is Professor of Modern Jewish Thought and Judaism and Gender at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, will teach, at BCC, a special 6 part course: “The Miracle-Working Early Prophets and the Jewish Social Conscience”.

When: Tuesday evenings, 7:30 to 9:00 pm
May 15 (see teacher’s notes), May 22, May 29, June 5, June 12, June 19, 2018

The charismatic miracle workers Elijah and Elisha had an important social critique, embedded in narrative, regarding power and social justice.

We will study the Elijah and Elisha narratives in the two books of Kings to examine questions of Charisma, Characterization and Social Ethics. We will also look at the role gender plays in these narratives and ask why women are often the recipients of miracles. (from Dr. Adler’s course description)

All are invited to attend. This is a very special learning opportunity for all of us. Note these special 6 classes will replace our usual Tuesday night Torah Study.

Classes take place at Temple Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles

“One of the things that make Judaism so special is God’s commandment to study Torah. This being a kinder, gentler age, we might say God’s encouragement to study Torah. So what is Torah? The first five books of the Bible of course. Yet again, we might say, torah (with a small t) is anything that nurtures our mind and spirit, making us wiser, kinder and happier. In other words, we learn from and create our own personal torah.”

Rabbi Dr. Rachel Adler is known as  one of the first theologians to integrate feminist perspectives and concerns into Jewish texts and the renewal of Jewish law and ethics,  teaches The First Book of Samuel, a court history set around 1000BCE dealing with the kingships of Saul and David.