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Confronting the Other
Within the Jewish Tradition

Recorded December 2001

Norman Cohen and Adriane Leveen

Norman Cohen and Adriane Leveen taught for the Joint Commission in December of 2001 - this course, "Confronting the Other Within the Jewish Tradition," is still available online in a recorded version.

Through a study of Genesis 16 and 21, the stories of the tension-filled relationships among Abraham, Sarah, Hagar and Ishmael, and the interpretation of this material in Pirkei d'Rabbi Eliezer, we will analyze these classic texts.

This course guides you through an examination of this material relevant to our own lives, both from a sociopolitical and a personal perspective. This course consists of special downloadable course materials and three recorded presentations. The exact titles are listed below.

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"Hagar in the Wilderness"
Jean-Baptiste Corot, 1835
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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Here are the titles and scholar for each of the recorded presentations:

Session Title Scholar
Hagar at the Well: A Biblical View of the Other
Adriane Leveen
A Study of Pirkei d'Rabbi Eliezer:
Texts on Hagar, Ishmael and Abraham
Norman Cohen
Our 21st Century Lens: Finding Contemporary
Meaning in Ancient Texts
Norman Cohen and Adriane Leveen

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Scholars' Bios

Below you will find additional information about Adriane Leveen and Norman Cohen.

Adriane Leveen
Adriane is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from the University of California at Berkeley and a MSW from Columbia University. Dr. Leveen is a trained psychotherapist and has practiced for 17 years in both Israel and the U.S. She is an accomplished lecturer on Bible and is currently working on the identification of different conceptions of biblical memory in the Book of Numbers.

Norman J. Cohen is a Professor of Midrash at HUC-JIR/New York. He has served as the Provost of the College-Institute since 1996 after completing an eight-year term as the Dean of the New York School. Norman received his Ph.D. from HUC-JIR in Midrash. Norman's publications include: The Way into Torah (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2000), Voices from Genesis: Guiding Us Through the Stages of Our Life (Jewish Lights Publishing, 1998), and Self, Struggle and Change: The Family Conflict Stories in Genesis and their Healing Insights for Our Lives (Jewish Lights Publishing, 1996).

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