Rabbi Mishael Zion on Young Moses: Hero or Villain?

Young Moses: Hero or Villain?

Moses, our revered teacher, didn’t start out that way. One of his first acts of leadership ends with a murder. When discovered – he flees, effectively retiring from heroism. How did Moses turn his story from Egyptian villain to Jewish hero? We’ll explore Moses as a young man, looking closely at Exodus 2, contrasting traditional rabbinic commentaries and new perspectives from Yehuda Amichai and Franz Kafka.

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Mishael ZionRabbi Mishael Zion is Co-Director and Director of Education at the Bronfman Fellowships, a community of over 1,000 young Jewish leaders grounded in Jewish learning and pluralism. Mishael ordained by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and served on the faculty of the Hartman Institute. Mishael blogs regularly atText and the City and is the co-author of “A Night to Remember: The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices” (2007) and the Israeli best-seller “Halaila HaZeh: Haggadah Yisraelit” (2004). He splits his time between New York and Jerusalem, with his wife Elana, a neuroscientist, and three daughters. In2013 Mishael was named one of ten “Rabbis to Watch” by Newsweek/the Daily Beast.