Joseph and His Master's Wife: A Tale of Love, Obsession, Temptation and PietyFew characters in the Bible are as complex and ambiguous as the one of Joseph. What adds to the allure of his character are the many Biblical, Talmudic and Midrashic references to his exceptional physical beauty. In this class we will savor this beauty, as well as the beauty of the many tales that are told about the handsome Hebrew slave who has become the grand prince of Egypt, thus irreversibly changing the course of his people's history. We will also ask the question that lurks between the lines of this epic love tale: what really went on in the bedchamber of the wife of Potiphar the Egyptian?
Ruth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), the world’s leading Jewish organization working to end poverty and realize human rights in the developing world. Ruth came to AJWS in 1998, after a 20-year career in public service in New York City. As a leading activist for human rights around the globe,... Read More
Dr. 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... Read More
Sal Litvak was born in Santiago, Chile and moved to New York at age five. He is a graduate of Harvard College, NYU Law School, and the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA. His first film was the Passover comedy and cult hit, When Do We Eat? His second film, Saving Lincoln, explores... Read More
Satan: Judaism’s Most Vile Villain, or Helpful Hero?We are probably familiar with Satan from popular culture (red skin, horns, tail) and other religious traditions (God’s nemesis, pure evil, ruler of Hell), but he is none of those things in the Hebrew Bible. In this class, we’ll examine Satan’s role in the Bible and in Jewish interpretation, and may find that he has helped shaped Judaism in more ways than we could imagine.
Judy Klitsner is a senior lecturer at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, where she has been teaching Bible and biblical exegesis for more than two decades. A disciple of the great Torah teacher Nechama Leibowitz, Judy lectures internationally and holds a visiting lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies. In her teaching and... Read More
Rabbi Morey Schwartz currently serves as Director of Education for the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University, with a Master’s from the Bernard Revel Graduate School, and ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He served as a congregational rabbi... Read More
Chicago, IL, USA / English This video was broadcast from Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago. About Sara Back to the index Watch the video: Creating Shabbat Sara Tillinger Wolkenfeld is the Director of Education and Community Engagement at Sefaria. She has taught Talmud and Jewish Law at the Drisha Institute, and served as... Read More
Tel Aviv, Israel / Teaching in Hebrew This video was broadcast from BINA in Tel Aviv About Yoram Back to the index Watch the video: Taharlev’s Torah Featuring the BINA Mechina Yoram Taharlev was born and raised on Kibbutz Yagur. His parents, both pioneers from the Halutz movement, came to Israel from Lithuania. Taharlev worked as... Read More