What Makes a Text Sacred?

Monday, September 28 at 11:15 am

Whenever we read a text written long ago, parts of it can seem at best irrelevant or at worst deeply offensive. This is no less true when the “text” is a sacred one, such as the Torah or American Constitution. This text study and conversation with Emily Bazelon and Rabbi Shira explores different ways to lift up meaningful parts of sacred texts while wrestling with problematic ones. Bazelon is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School, and co-host of the “Slate Political Gabfest.” Her most recent book is Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration.

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