In the Beginning: a Two-Part Dialogue on the Bible

September 10, 2013 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Bloomfield Hills, MI – In the Beginning there was the Word. Now let’s discuss.  On the first Sundays of October and November, the community is invited to join Rabbi Joseph Krakoff and the Most Reverend Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron at the Maple Theater in Bloomfield Hills as they engage in a lively discussion of the similarities and differences in their interpretation of two familiar stories from the Bible.13_FedEd_Dialog_Events

Sunday, October 6 – Garden of Eden

The story of Adam and Eve is a classic boy meets girl story.  But it’s never that easy.  Did Eve deceive Adam?  Did Adam dishonor God?  And what should we make of the talking serpent?   Was the fruit an apple or a fig and why couldn’t they eat from the Tree of Knowledge?  Rabbi Krakoff and Archbishop Vigneron will explore the story from multiple angles and perspectives.

Sunday, November 3 – Binding of Isaac

Abraham and Sarah prayed for a son to no avail.  Then, when Abraham was 99 years old and Sarah was 90 years old three angels appeared to them to announce that Sarah would give birth to Isaac.  But soon after, God commanded Abraham to bind his son Isaac as a burnt offering.  Why would God do this and why would Abraham acquiesce?  And where is Sarah in this scenario?  Rabbi Krakoff and Archbishop Vigneron will challenge you to consider the modern day ramifications of such a challenging story.

In the Beginning will take place on the first Sunday of October and November from 4-5:30 p.m. at The Maple Theater, 4135 W. Maple Road, Bloomfield Hills.  The cost is $15 for one lecture or $25 for the series.  As this program will be very popular, registrations are highly encouraged. Register online at jewishdetroit.org/events/in-the-beginning or call 248-205-2557.

In the Beginning is a program of the adult education department of Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education, FedEd and is co-sponsored by Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, JCC’s SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment).

Rabbi Joseph H. Krakoff came to Congregation Shaarey Zedek in 1998 after receiving his rabbinic ordination and a Master’s Degree in Hebrew Letters from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. In 1994 Rabbi Krakoff received a Masters of Hebrew letters from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles.  He completed his undergraduate education at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and received his Bachelor’s degree in Comparative World Religions and Political Science.  Rabbi Krakoff is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management – Jewish Leaders Inaugural class. He is past President of the Michigan Board of Rabbis and the Rabbinical Assembly- Michigan Region.

The Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, was named archbishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit on Jan. 5, 2009.  In January of 2003, Archbishop Vigneron was named coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, Calif.  He served in that capacity for nine months before becoming the local ordinary (resident bishop). While in California, he oversaw the design and construction of a new cathedral, chancery, conference center and healing garden dedicated to those abused by clergy.  In Detroit, he was named an auxiliary bishop under Cardinal Maida in 1996.  Archbishop Vigneron served as rector-president of Sacred Heart Major Seminary from 1994–2003. He had studied for the priesthood there, returned in later years to teach philosophy and returned yet again as a dean. A native of Mt. Clemens, the archbishop was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1975.

 

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