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Sunday, January 20 • 4:15pm - 5:30pm
What Makes a Decent Person? Exploring the Rabbis' Imagination of Basic Morality

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The rabbis imagine that the basic minimum of human decency is to adhere to the seven Noahide laws, given by God after the flood.  But they disagree on what those seven laws actually are, and only a few of them are made explicit in the Noah story in the Torah!  Together, we will dive into rabbinic texts exploring these laws and question their perspective.  What motivates the rabbis to include or exclude traits from this list?  What would we include on our own list of components of morality?  Learners of all backgrounds are welcome to join and enrich our own understanding of human ethics together! 

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Paula Rose

Paula Rose serves as the assistant rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle's North End. She was ordained in 2017 by the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she also received a master's degree in Talmud. She loves much of her rabbinic work, especially teaching Talmud to learners... Read More →

Sunday January 20, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm PST