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Thu, Mar 14


Zoom with Columbia Jewish Congregation

A Rabbinic Debate about Slavery on the Eve of the Civil War

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Mar 14, 2024, 8:30 PM

Zoom with Columbia Jewish Congregation

About the Event

As civil war loomed, President James Buchanan designated January 4, 1861 as a national day for fasting and prayer. That day Rabbi Morris Raphall of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan gave a sermon arguing that a civil war should not be waged over slavery since slavery was a biblically sanctioned institution. The Baltimore Rabbi David Einhorn responded with an essay excoriating Raphall for his terrible misunderstanding of the Bible. Does the Bible consider slavery legitimate? In this session, we’ll explore a  rabbinic debate over this question. Online Info Here.

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