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Monday, February 16 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
'You Shall Surely Open Your Hand': Poverty, Shmita and a Social-Theological Vision

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We are currently in a shmita (sabbatical) year. Shmita in Deuteronomy is not primarily about land but about remitting debts and liberating slaves. In this session, we'll ask: what kind of social ethic does Deuteronomy seek to instill? How does it work to ensure that there will be no permanent underclass in the land of Israel? What strategies does it use to motivate people to treat one another generously? Along the way, we'll see how Deuteronomy radicalizes the social vision of Exodus.


Shai Held

Shai Held is Co-Founder, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar, and he directs its Center for Jewish Leadership and Ideas. He is a 2011 recipient of the Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education and has been named multiple times to Newsweek’s list of the top 50 rabbis in America. His book, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, was published in 2013. Shai’s weekly essays on the Torah are read by... Read More →

Monday February 16, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm

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