Yom Hashoah 2017: Rabbinic Responses to Suffering

Posted by Nechama Goldman Barash on April 24, 2017
Topics: Yom Hashoah, Israel National Holidays, Pardes Live, Holocaust


In this class that was recorded live at Pardes for Yom Hashoah 2017, Nechama Goldman Barash looks at the rabbinic responses in Vaykira Rabbah to the tragic and unexpected deaths of Nadav and Avihu. The midrash brings multiple voices to try and understand the circumstances that led to the deaths and use the story to open up questions around the fragility of life and the closeness of death. From the inability to fathom God’s ways, to God questioning His own theodicy, to possible transgressions that led to the deaths to the idea that death achieves atonement, the midrash invites us to engage in a never ending conversation around suffering and righteousness and the mingling of laughter and tears.


About Nechama Goldman Barash

Nechama teaches Rabbinic Literature, Women and Judaism, Medical Ethics, Prophets and Bible at Pardes. She made aliyah from Philadelphia over 20 years ago after graduating from Stern College. She studied for three years in Matan’s Advanced Talmud Institute and finished a master’s degree in Talmud at Bar-Ilan University, with a thesis on the Beautiful Captive Woman in the Eyes of Chazal. She teaches at a variety of Israeli institutions and is also a graduate of Nishmat’s Yoetzet Halacha program. Click here to read more.

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