5780 — Vayeshev: Turbulence and Tranquility

Posted by Alex Israel on December 17, 2019
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Bereishit (Genesis), Torah, VaYeshev

This podcast episode is sponsored by Pardes alumna 2017, Rabbi Lisa Malik, Ph.D. & Professor Adi Wyner, Ph.D. in memory of Lisa’s beloved father, David Malik z”l, on the occasion of Sheloshim. David Malik died on 21 Cheshvan 5780 (November 19, 2019). May his memory be for a blessing.

No one wants a turbulent painful life, and yet, in a surprising comment on our opening verse, Rashi suggests that for the Patriarchs, sojourning, impermanence and challenge were preferable to calm, tranquil living. Why might this be so? And what message might this transmit to ourselves?

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Rabbi Alex Israel – Faculty Host for Pardes from Jerusalem
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This episode was released a second time because of an inaccuracy in the original recording. This has been corrected and serves as the final version.

About Alex Israel

Alex teaches Bible at Pardes and is the Director of the Community Education Program and the Summer Program. Alex was born and raised in London. He holds degrees from London School of Economics, the Institute of Education London and Bar-Ilan University. Alex studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion under Rav Aharon Lichtenstein and Rav Yehudah Amital, and gained Rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Rabbinate. Click here to read more.

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