Aaron Altschul Memorial Scholar In Residence: Rabbi Andrea Weiss 

Rabbi Weiss is one of the great Bible scholars in the world today as well as a leading Jewish feminist thinker. Professor Weiss also serves as Provost of the Hebrew Union College and in that role thinks critically about what rabbinic education should be today. Professor Weiss was the primary creator of American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters. This project brought together scholars from a diverse range of religious traditions to articulate core American values that have grounded our nation in the past and should guide us forward.

The schedule for the weekend is as follows:

Healing Division through Dialogue: Lessons Learned from American Values, Religious Voices
Friday Feb. 22, 2019, 6:30 pm
The “American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days, 100 Letters” campaign sent a letter a day to the President, Vice President, and Members of the 115th Congress for the first 100 days of the Trump administration. The letters were written by a multifaith group of scholars who spoke up in the wake of the 2016 election, connecting core American values to our different religious traditions. Recently published as a book, American Values, Religious Voices offers us much needed wisdom, inspiration, and hope. Rabbi Weiss will reflect on what we can learn from this project and how it can provide an antidote to the acrimony and discord that pervade politics today.
The Message of Shabbat Zakhor: Why Memory Matters
Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 at 10:15 am 
On Shabbat Zakhor (the “Sabbath of Memory”) that precedes Purim, we will explore the significance of memory in the Bible and how this key theme speaks to our contemporary lives.
Jeremiah 17 and the Teaching of the Trees
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at 4:30 pm 
We will delve into the literary artistry of the Bible as we study a poignant prophetic text that offers guidance on how to live in the face of tragedy as we move between moments of secure orientation, tragic disorientation, and surprising reorientation.
What’s So Funny About the Book of Esther?
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 at 10:15 am 
In advance of the upcoming holiday of Purim, we will study the one comedic book in the Bible, the book of Esther. Come learn about what classifies Esther as a comedy and what makes this ancient story still so relevant today.