Malachi Hacohen presents "Jacob & Esau from the Bible to Today: Jewish Relations with non-Jews Through a Rabbinic Tale"
Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 9:30am
Duke Professor Malachi Hacohen presents: Jacob & Esau from the Bible to Today: Jewish Relations with non-Jews Through a Rabbinic Tale December 11, 2011 10:30am @ Beth El Synagogue 1004 Watts Street Durham, NC 27701 ¿All that happened to our ancestor Jacob with Esau his brother will always happen to us with Esau¿s descendants,¿ says the medieval Spanish Jewish biblical commentator, Nachmanides. Jews have been retelling the biblical story of Jacob and Esau for more than two millennia. The rabbis viewed the Romans, and then Christians, as Esau's descendants, and blamed persecutions of the Jews on Esau's animosity. But Jewish emancipation, then the Holocaust and the State of Israel have significantly altered Jacob & Esau's images. Do we live in a new era of Jewish-non-Jewish relations? How should we tell the Jacob & Esau story today?