Non-Jews in the Bible and in our Lives: What does it mean to welcome the stranger, the ger toshav who stands at our gates? Thursdays at 10:00am
By Barbara Paris: The class will be held at 10:00am on Thursdays and will begin by examining the non Israelite characters in the Torah and other sacred texts. We will look at their relationships with the Jewish people and their contributions to our people. For example:
Who was the first non Jew to bless us?
Who was the first gentile woman to save a Jewish baby?
Who were the gentiles who repented after acknowledging our God?
What gentile fought for the Israelites?
Who was the first gentile Zionist?
What motivated a gentile contractor to build Solomon’s Temple?
We will also discuss what we can learn from these role models that we can take forward into our own lives and our relationships with non-Jews
Time permitting we will also learn about righteous gentiles during the Holocaust and study what the Christian texts and the Koran say about “the other”.
(Special thanks to my teacher Rabbi Salkin for his inspiration for this class)