Scholar-in-Residence-Rabbi Benjamin Segal

Confronting Enigmas: A Judaism of Constant Search
Kol Emeth Welcomes Rabbi Benjamin Segal
September 16 and 17
Late viblical texts bristle with questions and challenges: other-worldliness, faith and forgiveness, truth. This Shabbat will be dedicated to some of those texts – Psalms and Ecclesiastes – and challenges, chosen in light of the timing – Shabbat, the High Holy
Days and Sukkot. When we experience these texts, our paths to resolving our personal conflicts of faith-versusdoubt and God’s forgiveness-versus-indifference are enriched through the earlier biblical voices we confront.
Rabbi Benjamin Segal was the rabbi at Kol Emeth from 1969-1973, before he and his family made aliyah. He is the former president of Jerusalem’s Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (the Conservative rabbinical seminary) and author of several books and articles, particularly on Bible. He will be accompanied on this trip by his wife Judy.
We will have three opportunities to hear Rabbi Segal speak:


  • 1:15 pm Shabbat Shiur: Shabbat as Mirrored in Its Psalms: Jewish Texts Challenging Rationality and Progress
  • 10:00 pm Before the S’lichot Service: Pre-High Holidays – “Seeking Faith, Seeking Forgiveness:” Forcing Ourselves to Confront Our Beliefs Before Seeking Forgiveness


  • 10:15 am Brunch & Lecture: Pre-Sukkot –  “Kohelet Searching for Certainty:” Called pietist and heretic, optimist and pessimist, despairing and joyful, Kohelet (speaker of Ecclesisates) offers one of the greatest of books ever written. Rabbi Segal will talk about the unravelling clues that lead to a sympathetic reading of his quest.
Two of Rabbi Segal’s books will be available for sale and signing after the Sunday brunch (checks or cash only).
The book titles are “Kohelet’s Pursuit of Truth” and “A New Psalm: The Psalms as Literature.”

Post archive date: Sunday September 17th, 2017