January 17, 2023, 7:00 pm
In this day and age, we tend to assume that it is ideological atheists who most hate religion. But, according to the prophet Yirmiyahu, it is God who actively detests religion—or at least religion of the self-serving, hypocritical kind. In this session, we will engage in an extremely close reading of Jeremiah Chapter 7 and try to understand Jeremiah’s approach to God, religion, and ethics. We’ll pay special attention to the age-old controversy over what the prophet means when he says that God never commanded sacrifice, and we’ll talk openly about how Jeremiah’s critique might speak to us, challenge us, and unsettle us.
This program is only offered via Zoom.
Rabbi Shai Held–theologian, scholar, and educator–is President, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Machon Hadar in New York. Shai has a PhD in religion from Harvard; his main academic interests are in modern Jewish and Christian thought and in the history of Zionism.