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CRS x Pardes: Event Human Beings Are Created in the Image of God So Why Is There Evil?

Sun, Oct 22, 2023 • 10:30 AM11:30 AM



A special online offering for CRS members led by Nechama Goldman Barash from Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and coordinator of the CRS x Pardes: Talmud for Everyone program.

In the aftermath of the horrific massacre that took place on Simchat Torah in Israel, the beginning of “Bereishit” which we started reading immediately after, takes on sharper relief. We are told that human beings were created in the image of God so how are we capable of such unbelievable evil? We will examine this question through the lens of rabbinic interpretation from the 5th century CE as the rabbis of that time were asking timeless questions about the fundamental character of humanity and how God could create such a flawed being. Ultimately we will find comfort and inspiration in the awareness that evil is surpassed by the human capacity for doing good.