Wednesday, March 09, 2011

An interesting evening at Drisha

I spent Tuesday evening at Drisha reading and discussing the Torah's text of the story of Esau/Esav. Unfortunately, Yeshivat Maharat student Ruth Balinsky's class, "The Making of the Evil Twin: The Evolution of Esau" is probably going to be canceled even before we have an opportunity to delve into the rabbinic texts, due to insufficient enrollment--I was one of only two students. But being one of only two students did give me an opportunity to run my mouth, which, as you can see from my blog, is a favorite pass-time of mine. :) And I was pleasantly surprised to hear myself bringing in references from the announcement of Yitzchak's/Isaac's future conception, the banishment of Yishmael/Ishmael, the purchase of Kever HaMachpelah (the cave in which the the Patriarchs and three of the Matriarchs are buried), Megillat Esther (the Scroll [Book] of Esther), and midrash (rabbinic interpretative stories). Sometimes you don't know how much you know. :)


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