Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is planning a free conference call/text study for any and all interested Wexner alumni on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013, 8:30-9:30pm EST. We are trying a new model of after hours text study. If this call is well received, we will likely continue to offer similar sessions.
Since many of us have trouble with the metaphor of God as king, common in the liturgy, I thought we would start with the topic, “How Can I Pray to A King?” The metaphor is actually quite complex in rabbinic thought and I am preparing some unusual midrashim about God vs. human kings, and the subversive messages encoded in the analogy. There will also be some alumni on the call from Mechon Hadar’s Executive Seminar, something that many Heritage Alumni have participated in. Looking forward to learning with you, Elie Kaunfer.
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, WGFA Class 15, is the co-founder and Executive Director of Mechon Hadar. Elie is the author of Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us about Building Vibrant Jewish Communities (Jewish Lights). He has been named multiple times to the Forward 50 and to the Newsweek list of “Top 50 Rabbis in America.” Elie has also served as Scholar-in-Residence at the Federation’s General Assembly and at the annual Jewish Funders Network conference, and has lectured widely on Jewish prayer.