Xenophobic Demagogue or National Savior?! Can We Discuss This Constructively?

His rise to power came at the expense of minority groups. His legacy has been an area of endless controversy. How do we understand the intentions of Pharaoh to enslave the Israelites in the beginning of the Book of Exodus? How did the commentaries over the last 2000 years disagree over interpreting his intentions?  How can a close text study of these ideas contribute to healthier, more constructive conversations about political leaders today – especially those we don’t agree with?

For a podcast on the subject, see www.elmad.pardes.org/2012/01/5772-shemot-why-would-one-nation-oppress-another/.

Click here for a Pardes 360 by Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth on Pharaoh and Trump for Parshat Shemot.

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About Daniel Roth

Daniel is the director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution. He holds a Ph.D. from Bar Ilan University‘s Program for Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation writing on Jewish models of conflict resolution, peacemaking, and reconciliation. Daniel has been teaching advanced rabbinics, Bible, conflict resolution and other subjects at Pardes for over fifteen years. Click here to read more.

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