Register for Harold & Mickey (z"l) Smith Scholar Weekend Dinner 2017
Friday May 19, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Dr. Dov Weiss
Following Erev Shabbat Services
There is a $60 family maximum price; to pay that price, choose "Household Price - $60" for the first person and "Household Member or Child Under 6 - Free" for all other household members attending.
Friday Night Topic:
Pious Irreverence: Confronting God in Rabbinic Judaism
Judaism is often described as a religion that tolerates, even celebrates arguments with God. Unlike Christianity and Islam, it is said, Judaism endorses a tradition of protest as first expressed in the biblical stories of Abraham, Job, and Jeremiah. In this lecture, Rabbi Dr. Dov Weiss turns to the premodern roots of this distinctively Jewish theology of protest, examining its origins and development in the rabbinic age. By elucidating competing views and exploring their theological assumptions, the lecture challenges the scholarly claim that the early rabbis conceived of God as a morally perfect being whose goodness had to be defended in the face of biblical accounts of unethical divine action.