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Pardes Educator Workshop with Alex Israel

Thursday, November 8th 2018, 12:30pm
Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road Berkeley, CA 94709

The Tale of Ahab and Navot - Corruption, Murder and Self Delusion (I Kings ch.21) 

The murder of Navot is a formative story of corruption and power and its dangers. Using literary techniques we will unpeel the layers of this story, exposing it as a classic tale of the psychological sublimation of sin.

Rabbi Alex Israel teaches Bible at the Pardes Institute and is the Director of the Community Education Program and the Summer Program. He holds degrees from London School of Economics, the Institute of Education London and Bar-Ilan University. Alex studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion under Rav Aharon Lichtenstein and Rav Yehudah Amital, and gained Rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Rabbinate. Alex has taught for twenty years in many top Jerusalem Yeshivot and Midrashot. He is also a volunteer for Tzohar – a group that seeks to bridge the gaps between religious and secular communities In Israel. Alex recently published his first book – I Kings:Torn in Two (Maggid: 2014) – a sweeping and enlightening commentary on Sefer Melakhim.

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, located in Jerusalem, brings together people of all backgrounds to study classic Jewish texts and current Jewish issues in an open, warm, and challenging learning environment.