Tisha B’Av 2015: Eyes That Cannot See, Lips that Cannot Speak: A Tragedy of Rabbinic Rivalry

Posted by Gila Fine on July 26, 2015
Topics: Pardes Live, Tisha B'av, The Three Weeks


This lecture was held at Pardes as part of the Tisha B’Av program 2015.

Why does Torah study turn friends into enemies? What are the three fatal flaws of a rabbi? And how does a great rosh yeshiva end up killing the best student he ever had? We will explore the tragedy of R. Yohanan and R. Kahana though the Midrash and Talmud, Somerset Maugham and José Saramago, Martin Buber and Adin Steinsaltz.

About Gila Fine

Gila Fine is the editor-in-chief of Maggid Books (Koren Publishers Jerusalem). She is also a teacher of Talmudic narrative, and has taught at the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Pardes Institute and the Shalom Hartman Institute. Gila is the former editor of the quarterly journal Azure: Ideas for the Jewish Nation, and the ghost writer behind several well-known books. Click here to read more.

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