Parashat Noach 5782: The Good Enough Hero

Posted by Judy Klitsner on October 3, 2021
Topics: Summer Evening Lectures 2018, Pardes from Jerusalem, Bereishit (Genesis), Torah, Noach

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Parashat Noach 5782: The Good Enough Hero

Description: From the first record of his birth, the expectations of Noah were high: he was named in the hopes of bringing “comfort” to a struggling world. Did Noah, later described as “blameless in his age,” live up to the hopes placed upon him? We will explore divergent views on this question, which hinge on the qualifier “in his age”. Did Noah attain greatness? Or will he forever be seen as simply “good enough”?

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Judy Klitsner – Faculty and Host for Pardes from Jerusalem
Adam Titcher – Lead Consultant and Producer
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About Judy Klitsner

Judy Klitsner is a senior lecturer in Bible at Pardes, where she has educated a generation of students, many of whom now serve as educators and heads of school in locations throughout the Jewish world. A student of the great Bible teacher Nechama Leibowitz, Judy weaves together traditional exegesis, modern scholarship and her own original interpretations that are informed by close readings of the text. Judy is a popular international speaker whose teaching style is accessible, interactive and text-based, and she is particularly fond of uncovering the “vibrant conversation” that takes place between the Bible’s parallel stories. Judy has taught Bible to Christian and Muslim religious leaders and she is a regular visiting lecturer at the London School of Jewish Studies. In addition, she is the Bible teacher for the Jewish Theological Seminary’s rabbinical students during their year in Israel. Judy is the author of Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other, which received a National Jewish book award. The book has recently been released in Hebrew. Judy is founding board chair of Sacred Spaces, an organization that seeks systemically to address abuses of power in Jewish institutions. Click here to read more.

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