Alex Israel - Lunch and Learn

Learn with Alex Israel, Director of Community Education and the Summer Programme at Pardes, on 'An Ordinary Man and the Curses of Suburbia: The Biblical Story of Lot'

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Rabbi Alex Israel grew up in London and moved to Israel in 1991. He holds degrees from LSE, the Institute of Education, London Bar Ilan Universities. He teaches at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi, and at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies where he serves as Director of Community Education and the Summer Program. He is a popular lecturer at campuses and communities on three continents. Alex is author of "I Kings - Torn in Two" (Maggid 2013). Read his writings and order his book at www.alexisrael.org. He is an active member of the Tzohar and Beit Hillel, Rabbinic organisations that look to bridge the gap between religious and secular communities in Israel. 

An Ordinary Man and the Curses of Suburbia: The Biblical Story of Lot.
Lot is Abraham's nephew. He travels with Abraham 1000 km from Ur to Canaan and then he abandons Abraham. Why did he leave? Why did Lot chose to live in Sedom - the world's most evil city? What can this story teach us about our lives, our desire for normality and stability and the fragility of our highest principles?
We shall study texts from the book of Genesis and the Midrash as we expose the mindset of this fascinating biblical character.