View analytic
Sunday, February 17 • 2:50pm - 3:50pm
The Akedah: Love and Letting Go

This session will explore the Akedah as it presents the love of a father for a son and the effort it takes for a parent to let go of his or her child. The Akedah will be juxtaposed to the story of Oedipus from Greek tradition which has the son unconsciously overcoming his father instead of the father consciously letting go of his son.  Discussion will focus on the Genesis text as it relates the tensions between love for one's child, love for God (or one's heritage), and the moral necessity that the child make his or her own decisions.

avatar for Ellen LeVee

Ellen LeVee

Teacher and writer on Jewish subjects from a sociological perspective, Ellen LeVee PhD is currently developing an online course on Contemporary Jewish Experience for Spertus and writing a book exploring the sociological theory of the Torah.

Sunday February 17, 2013 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Terrace Room Inner Circle, Floor 2