Confronting Slavery in the Talmud and Torah
Hosted By: Haberman Institute
Can the Jewish ethical tradition illuminate the problem of slavery?
It has been 160 years since the Emancipation Proclamation and the legacy of slavery in America continues to shape society, politics, and culture. Today, there is a backlash against scholars, teachers, and activists who seek to reckon with racism and with slavery’s long shadow.
In this talk, Rabbi Wasserman will address the complicated legacy of slavery within our Jewish texts: On the one hand, our central story of the Exodus celebrates liberation from slavery; on the other, biblical and rabbinic texts relate to slavery as an enduring institution within law and society.
While Jewish texts do not provide clear answers, they might offer a model for how to confront enduring problems of injustice.
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