Candice Levy is currently pursuing a PhD in Rabbinic Literature at UCLA. After earning her BA at Yeshiva University's Stern College for Women, Candice studied at the Ziegler School for Rabbinic Studies where she earned an MA in Rabbinic Studies. She is on the faculty of the Ziegler School, where she teaches a course in Midrash.
It's Not Fair! Theodicy and the Rabbis
Text and Thought,
We live in a society that extols the virtues of fairness and justice. As Jews, the Torah tells us that reward and punishment are awarded based on one's merits. What happens when real life does not live up to that promise? Is there space within the Jewish tradition to question the goodness and fairness of God? A look at rabbinic texts reveals that the rabbis were not willing to give God a free pass. In this session, we will study some texts and learn how the rabbis reconciled their reality with the promises of the Torah as they engaged in the question of God’s justice and goodness.