Re-examining Our Moral Obligations to the Other
August 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pmSuggested Donation: $18
ABOUT THIS SESSION: In this class, we will explore how the mitzvah of tzedakah challenges us to expand our moral horizon. To do this we will analyze a Talmudic story through the lens of provocative thinkers such as Emmanuel Levinas, Slavoj Zizek, and Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. Their thought can help us appreciate why it is that we seek to exclude certain people from our ethical concern and how the act of tzedakah is different from all other ethical acts we might engage in.
ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: Rabbi Zachary Truboff is the coordinator of the International Beit Din Institute, which seeks to educate rabbis about halakhic solutions to the agunah problem. His writings on contemporary Jewish thought and Zionism have appeared in the Lehrhaus, Arutz Sheva, and Akdamot. His forthcoming book, Torah Goes Forth From Zion: Essays on the Thought of Rav Kook and Rav Shagar, will be published in the fall. Before making aliyah, he served as the rabbi of Cedar Sinai Synagogue in Cleveland, Ohio. He has taught in a variety of adult education settings such as the Wexner Heritage Program and the Hartman Institute. He received semikha from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.