Video Interview of Dr. Zornberg with Public Radio Journalist Krista Tippet
An Introduction to Dr. Zornberg and Her Work
5 Sundays, 9:30 - 11 a.m. and a Field Trip in May
January 25, March 8, April 19, May 3, Thursday May 14 (field trip), June 7
Avivah Zornberg (who holds a PH.D. in Comparative Literature from Cambridge) is one of the world’s pre-eminent contemporary teachers of Torah. She travels widely to lecture in Israel, Britain, and the United States. But her scholarship is best appreciated via her writing: her groundbreaking The Beginning of Desire (on Genesis), The Particulars of Rapture (on Exodus), The Murmuring Deep (on the Hebrew Bible and psychoanalysis), as well as the eagerly anticipated Bewilderments (on Numbers, due this coming February).
Rabbi Brown, a devotee and student of Zornberg’s, looks forward to introducing you to her rich and thought-provoking approach to the study of our sacred literature. Zornberg brings to the table an encyclopedic knowledge of classical Jewish sources, the entire Western canon of philosophy and literature, and a provocative willingness to draw on the sources of Western mysticism and psychoanalysis as well. Our sessions will not only expose us to her writing but will also be a chance for us to study the wide range of material that she draws upon.
More specifically, we will structure our conversations around her writing that touches on five significant Jewish holy days, as follows:
January 25: Tu B'Shvat, by way of her commentary on the Creation Story
March 8: Passover, by way of her commentary on the Exodus from Egypt
April 19: Yom HaShoah, by way of her commentary on the Golden Calf narrative
May 3: Shavuot, by way of her commentary on the Giving of the Ten Commandments at Sinai
May 14: Whether you've had the chance to join us these last few months in studying the work of Dr. Avivah Zornberg or not...join Rabbi Brown for a field trip into the city on Thursday, May 14 when we will have the privilege of hearing her lecture in person. The lecture runs from 7 - 8:30 p.m. that evening at Congregation Emanu-El's Skirball Center, located at One East 65th Street.
(For general info on Dr. Zornberg, see the material on the bottom left corner of the page here.)
Tickets are $30 each plus a $2.50 handling fee.
Click here for full details on the event, including a link to buy tickets online. The Skirball Center's phone number is 212-507-9580.
Once you buy your tickets, email Rabbi Brown to let him know you will be attending so that he can be sure to look for you at the event.
June 7: Yom Kippur, by way of her commentary on the Book of Jonah
Each of the sessions will be “stand-alone”, meaning that you should feel free to attend one, or all of them! Beginning and veteran students –everyone – is welcome!