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Scholar in Residence Saturday – Dr. Benjamin D. Sommer

Scholar in Residence Saturday – Dr. Benjamin D. Sommer

Date: Saturday, March 03, 2018

Time: 9:00 am

Location: B'nai Israel Congregation

Address: 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852

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  • Type: Social Event, Speaker, Worship Service
  • Audience: All
  • Membership: Not Required
  • Registration: Not Required
  • Topic: Israel, Jewish Heritage, Jewish Philosophy, Just for Fun, Prayer, Shabbat, Speaker

The Living Torah: Bringing the Bible to Life and Modern Interpretations

9:00 a.m. Shabbat Services
11:00 a.m. Sermon – The Book of Exodus: What Is It Really About?
The name Exodus is perhaps a misnomer, since the book is actually about where God is to be found. The exodus is actually a “prequel” for the main event: the erection of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle.

12:30 p.m. Presentation – B’tzeit Yisrael Mimitzrayim – A Close Look at a Passover Psalm
Psalm 114 may appear to be about the exodus from Egypt, but a deeper look will reveal that it is about the revelation at Mt. Sinai, and the significant connection between Passover and Shavuot.

Benjamin D. Sommer joined The Jewish Theological Seminary faculty as professor of Bible in July 2008. Previously, he served as director of the Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies at Northwestern University. Dr. Sommer has been a fellow at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Tikvah Center for Jewish Law and Civilization at the New York University School of Law, and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He has served as a visiting faculty member or fellow at numerous other universities and foundations. He and his wife, Jennifer Dugdale, have three children.

This program is made possible through the generosity of the Dollye and I. Wolford Berman Educational Initiative Grant.

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