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10 Scholars – 10 thought-provoking and ready-to-teach texts with our
incredible HUC-JIR faculty. Register and get immediate access to our first seven
programs with Norman Cohen, Michael Marmur, Alyssa Gray, David Aaron,
Carole Balin
, Reuven Firestone and Eliyahu Schleifer.

Open to All Alumni – Register today
for our eighth 10 Great Texts course,

"The God Who Weeps: Divine Pathos as a Model
for Human Empathy?" with

Rick Sarason
March 3rd - 28th, 2008

Join us as we explore Midrash Eicha Rabbati and contemplate
religious responses to catastrophe from both ancient
and modern perspectives.

Dr. Sarason is Professor of Rabbinic Literature and Thought and the Associate Editor of the Hebrew Union College Annual.

In ancient times, no less than today, Jews grappled with God's response to disaster. Join Dr. Sarason as he explores how the rabbis of old struggled with God's response to the destruction of the Temples. We will explore the poetry and nuances of the Eicha Rabbatai text. We will learn from our ancient ancestors about dealing with struggle in our own lives.

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