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What is Shmita? Jewish Views on the Sabbatical Year

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:30pm

Rabbi Yedidya (Julian) Sinclair will bring his expertise as a professor, developer of solar energy, and rabbi to provide new perspectives on the concept of Shmita.
Literally translated as "release" שמיטה is seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle in which the land is left to lie fallow and all agricultural activity is forbidden and all debits are to be remitted.

Overlooking the Obvious: The Binding of Isaac Revealed in Literature and Poetry

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 12:30pm

Overlooking the Obvious

In this lecture Stephen Pearce, currently a visiting scholar at he Graduate Theological Union, willl discuss the Binding of Isaac with other scholars from the Bay Area.  Prior to teaching at the GTU, Rabbi Pearce served Congregation Emanu-El as the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi from 1993 to 2013.