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God as King: Engaging a Subversive Metaphor

Elie Kaunfer

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

Many of us have trouble with the metaphor of God as king, common in the liturgy. But this metaphor is actually quite complex in rabbinic thought. Join us as we examine some unusual midrashim about God vs. human kings, and explore the subversive messages encoded in the analogy.

Elie Kaunfer

Mechon Hadar

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Elie Kaunfer is a rabbi and co-founder and executive director of Mechon Hadar. Mechon Hadar has launched the first full-time egalitarian yeshiva program in North America: Yeshivat Hadar (www.yeshivathadar.org), where Elie teaches Talmud. Elie is the author of Empowered Judaism (Jewish Lights). In 2009, Newsweek named him one of the top 50 Rabbis in America.

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