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Dr. Avivah Zornberg

Dr. Avivah Zornberg
Sunday, May 7,2017 – 7:00pm
Location: Chochmat HaLev

Isaac: Blindness and Blessing

Isaac survives the Akeda – his Binding on an altar; he marries and fathers children. But what does it mean to survive death? In midrashic tradition, the trauma of the Binding induces in him a delayed blindness. With the help of midrashic, psychoanalytic and literary sources, we will explore the enigma of Isaac’s survival, and the ways this experience shapes his blind blessing of Jacob.

$15 members of co-sponsoring organizations
$20 general public

Co-sponsored by: Kevah, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Beth El, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Congregation Netivot Shalom, Urban Adamah, Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, Jewish Studio Project

Thanks to Afikomen Judaica–Dr. Zornberg’s books (including her newest book: Moses: A Human Life) will be on sale at the event.

Dr. Avivah Zornberg is one of the most dynamic and compelling interpreters of the Bible alive. She weaves together ideas from literature, secular philosophy, psychology and the ancient teachers’ take on the texts. It is entirely engaging and built for the 21st century.


May 7, 2017


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Chochmat Halev
2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States



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