In this lecture, held at Pardes as part of the Tisha B’Av program 2015, Jennie Rosenfeld looks at two different Talmudic stories of leaders who sin – one is the infamous Elisha ben Abuya and the other has no name that we know of. We will use this analysis as a springboard for a more contemporary discussion of leaders who sin today; what we as a community can best do to prevent this and respond to it.
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About Jennie Rosenfeld
Jennie Rosenfeld serves as the Manhiga Ruchanit in Efrat, appointed by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, as she completes her studies toward a “heter hora’ah” at the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute for Halakhic Leadership at Midreshet Lindenbam. A graduate of Stern College, and YU’s Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies for Women, along with an MS in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School] Jennie holds a PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center and has co-authored Et Le’ehov: The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy (available in English and Hebrew).