Shemot: Becoming the Storytelling Nation


Rachel Sharansky Danziger

Subject: Tanakh Semester Course

Dates and Days: Wednesday
כ"ד בשבט תשפ"ג -כ"ו בסיון תשפ"ג
02.15.2023 - 06.15.2023

Time: 10:20 - 11:35

Where: Hybrid course -Zoom And In-person At Matan Jerusalem - Rashbag 30, Jerusalem

Price: 500 NIS

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Course Description

The Book of Shmot leads the Isralites from slavery to freedom, from wordless groaning – to a covenant with God. But how can the people who enter the story too broken to speak up against their master acquire the dignity – and competence – we might expect from God’s covenanted partners? How can God expect them to outgrow not merely their slavery – but also their not-so-recent state of mind? This course will explore the myriad pathways of growth that the Biblical storytelling in Shmot offers in answer to these questions, and the way storytelling itself becomes such a pathway in turn.

About the Educator Rachel Sharansky Danziger

is a Jerusalem-born writer and educator. Having researched connections between faith, emotions, and storytelling in 18th century America for her MA thesis in American history, she continues to explore similar connection in Tanach and other Jewish texts. Rachel teaches at Matan, Maayan- Torah from the Sources, Pardes, and Torah-in-Motion and her writing can be found in The Times of Israel, Tablet, 929 English and other online venues. Currently a Sefaria Word-by-Word fellow, Rachel is working on a book about Judges.

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