4. A Lineage List and Religion vs. Politics in Sefer Shemot

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Feb 28, 2017
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Venue: NYU Bronfman Center NYU Bronfman Center

Parsha:
Va'era 

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Parshat Vaera opens with uplifting verses, where God situates Mosheh’s story within the broader history of God’s relationship with the Avot. With this encouragement, Mosheh will be better able to fulfill his task of convincing Pharoah and the Jews that slavery must end. And yet, at the height of the drama, the story is interrupted by an extremely long and involved lineage list! What is this list doing here? What does it add to the story? With the help of my teachers Rabbis Yair Kahn, Alex Israel and Dr Yonatan Grossman, we will show how the list gets to the heart of both the religious and political dimensions of Shemot, and illuminates in particular the role of Aharon. A lineage list has never been more exciting

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Learning on the site is sponsored today in loving memory of Galit bat Uri Nissan and for a refuah shleimah for Feivel Simcha ben Shifra Rina and Yaakov Tzvi ben Rachel and by Dov and Hudi Breatross for a refuah shleimah for Simcha Beinush Ben Liba Hakohen and by Miriam and Alan Goldberg to mark the fifth yahrtzeit of Harav Yisroel Chaim ben R' Dovid V' Fraidah Raizel Peyser and by Isaac Balbin in memory of his father Shaul Zelig HaCohen Balbin