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Monday, February 16 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Holy Ground: Surveying the Significance of Shoes and Bare Feet in the Bible

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At the burning bush, Moses is asked to remove his shoes because he is standing on holy ground. We usually assume that removing shoes at holy sites is expected. However, the removal of shoes carries far more meaning in the Bible. More than highlighting the sanctity of the site, this action provides insight into the relationship that is being established between God and Moses, and ultimately with all Israel. Who knew that whether you wear your shoes or not had so much meaning?


Ora Horn Prouser

Ora Horn Prouser is the executive vice president and academic dean at the Academy for Jewish Religion in NY. She has published widely on gender issues and literary analysis of the Bible. Ora has worked with the Melton Center for Jewish Education and the Jewish Theological Seminary's... Read More →

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

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