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Strangers in A Strange Text: Talmudic Treatments of Non-Jews with Mira Beth...

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Start the new year with your colleagues for lunch and study!

The Talmud's chief focus is on what it means to be a person of Israel, but here and there, one finds glimpses of diverse rabbinic views on what it means to be a human being. In this session, we will examine sources in which the talmudic sages debate what precisely Jews and non-Jews share in common as children of Adam and as children of Noah. Confronting the xenophobia within our own tradition, we will also uncover a minority opinion that affirms a universalist ethos that unites humanity.

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Rabbi Mira Beth Wasserman, PhD, is assistant professor of rabbinic literature and director of the Center for Jewish Ethics at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Her new book Jews, Gentiles, and Other Animals: The Talmud after the Humanities (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017) examines what it means to be a human being according to the Talmud.

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