I love Midrash more than any other Rabbinic endeavour. Of course I love Halachah, theology and Biblical commentary, but if I were to be stranded on a desert island with only one book for company I would take my giant collection of Midrash – Torah Shleimah (all twelve volumes of it, I’m not going to run out of reading matter).
Midrash is the way the greatest Rabbis of our tradition mined Biblical stories in search of greater texture and colour. They draw out more vibrant psychological insights and create a more vigorous theological relationship with God than the original Biblical texts suggest.
This Monday evening, and next (at 8pm), I will be looking at some Midrashim on some of the great stories in the Book of Numbers. Texts will be provided in English and Hebrew and the classes (which are self-contained) are suitable for those both with and without previous Rabbinic experience. This Monday we will look at the tale of the faithless spies and Korach who was swallowed up by the earth. Next week Moses striking the rock and the zealot who murders and is blessed with a covenant of peace.
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