By Rabbi Shai Held – firstname.lastname@example.org (click above to see text, then click below to hear Rabbi Held) Presented 2015 Summer and 2016 February at LimmudNY
Jeremiah’s Temple Sermon: Presented May 15, 2016 3 p.m. Studying both Hebrew and English texts, learn how people today make the same bad choices as people in Israel did in 609 BCE. Led by Mark Wisan at Peterborough UUC.
I participated in Rabbi Held's class in February at Limmud NY. A close reading of Jeremiah 7 asks fundamental questions about the ways in which religion makes us feel safe and above retribution and the dangers associated with it. How do we respond to the prophet's call to have integrity in all aspects of our life, religious and ethical?
Jeremiah's timeless message is more relevant today to Jews, Christians, and Muslims than it was in 600 BCE. Rabbi Held shows in hebrew, Jeremiah is predicting the destruction of the Temple unless the people stop worshipping idols. I plan to translate Jeremiah's hebrew into english and exploreRabbi Held's insight further. If there is time, I hope to include other prophets to show that before neuroscience showed that biologically "our reptile brain" is part of the human nervous system, the prophets knew what all of us have to do to demote its role in causing us to act.