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Dr. Daniel Fainstein (video in Spanish)

Noé v Abraham: dos solitarios, dos héroes, dos estilos de diálogo con Dios

Noé y Abraham, son figures claves de la Biblia hebrea en el libro de Génesis.
El autor bíblico usa términos similares (con significativas y sutiles diferencias) para describir sus trayectorias personales y relaciones con Dios. El Midrash discute cuál de los dos fue más grande en su postura ante la justicia de su tiempo, y ante Dios, abriendo la discusión sobre que significa ser una “persona moral en un mundo inmoral”. En esta clase se analizarán diversos aspectos de estos hombres, que vivieron alienados frente a rasgos prominentes de sus sociedades, y que cumplieron papeles fundamentales en el desarrollo de la humanidad en diálogo con Dios.

Noah vs. Abraham: 2 Solitudes, 2 Heroes, 2 Ways of Speaking to God

Noah and Abraham are both main characters in Genesis, with amazing similarities (and subtle but significant differences) in the way the Bible describes their lives. This Midrash discusses which of them was greater in the eyes of their contemporaries and the eyes of God. We’ll use this as a starting point to explore the meaning of human virtue and closeness to God in an “immoral society”, and to delve into the rich Jewish interpretive tradition surrounding these two towering figures.

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Daniel FainsteinDr. Daniel Fainstein is Dean and Professor of Jewish Studies and Education at the Hebraica University in Mexico City. He was educated in Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico where he got his PhD. He served as Dean of the Seminario Rabínico Latino Americano M.T. Meyer, was the Executive Director of the Board of Jewish Education of Argentina, and is currently a visiting professor and lecturer in many institutions in Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Israel.
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