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Sunday, May 24 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The God of Judaism Is a God of Love: Undoing Pernicious Stereotypes

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It is one of the last acceptable prejudices in American culture: the God of the "Old Testament" is a God of vengeance, focused on strict justice rather than mercy, given to anger rather than love.  This perception is as mistaken as it is widespread.  In this lecture, we'll encounter a series of biblical texts that make the stunning claim that what makes God unique, what makes God God, is God's unfathomable capacity for love, mercy, and forgiveness.  We'll explore the common complaint that a God of love is (too) anthropomorphic, and we'll ask whether belief in a God of love is still plausible in this day and age.

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Shai Held

President and Dean, Hadar
Shai Held is President, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar. A 2011 recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education, Shai's first book, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence, was published by Indiana University Press in 2013... Read More →



Sunday May 24, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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