5781 — Toldot: The Blessings of Putting On and Taking Off Disguises

Posted by Leon Morris on November 18, 2020
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Bereishit (Genesis), Torah, Toldot

Sometimes we need to shed our disguises in order to discover who we really are. At other times we need to dress up in disguises to remind us of who we want to be. The story of Jacob and Esau and their rabbinic commentaries help us to understand the complexity of identity formation, including notions of gender. Who am I? What does it mean to be a man or woman? What does it mean to be me?

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About Leon Morris

Rabbi Leon Morris is the President of Pardes and is the first alumnus to head the institution (Year Program alumnus '94-'95; Summer Program alumnus '93 and '94). Leon made aliyah with his wife Dasee Berkowitz (Pardes Year Program alumna '94-'95) and their three children in June 2014, after serving as the rabbi of Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, NY. He was the founding director of the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El (now the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center) in Manhattan. Before coming to Pardes, Leon served as a Vice President for Israel Programs at the Shalom Hartman Institute and was a faculty member at Hebrew Union College. Click here to read more.

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