Shemot: What Made Moses Write the Book of Job?

Posted by David Levin-Kruss on January 17, 2017
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Shemot, Shemot (Exodus)

“To read the work of another is to encounter not merely oneself nor merely the other; the alchemy created in the encounter acts to make more real one’s own not yet realized self.” – Aviva Zornberg.

Our sages tell us that Moshe wrote the book of Job. In this week’s parsha podcast, Rabbi David Levin-Kruss discusses what made them say that? How did writing Job help Moses make sense of his own life?

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About David Levin-Kruss

David is an adjunct faculty member at Pardes. He is the Director of Education, Europe for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. David holds a B.A. and Teachers' Certification in English Literature and Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He himself attended Pardes as a student. Following that he spent a number of years in yeshiva and received rabbinic ordination from the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary. Previous to working at Pardes, David served as the director of the overseas department at the Melitz Centers for Jewish Zionist Education. He also taught on a number of year long programs including Young Judea and Otzma. David spent four years in the United Kingdom where he served as the community director and family educator of Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue, in northwest London, the largest orthodox synagogue in Europe. David hails from South Africa, loves cooking in his spare time and sees himself as a bridge between Jewish heritage and those seeking to connect or reconnect to that tradition. David founded and directs "My Open Book Life Coaching" which uses general and Jewish texts as well as life coaching techniques to achieve personal breakthroughs. He is married and the proud father of three boys. Contact:

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