Join us on Monday, February 13, at 1 p.m. EST as Dr. Adam Strater discusses his Evolve essay, “Confronting the Legacy of Amalek.”
The Purim villain Haman was descended from the nation Amalek, the arch enemy of the Israelites, whom they are commanded to exterminate. Dr. Strater explores the identification of enemies of the Jews as Amalekites through Jewish history, including by some people in our day.
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Dr. Adam Strater
Adam Strater is the senior Jewish educator for the Hillels of Georgia. He holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Emory University, and his scholarship focuses on the intersection of ancient Jewish texts, peace and conflict studies, and Jewish ethics. Adam will be ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2024. As an academic and future rabbi, he strives to integrate his scholarship within a justice-based, communal and inclusive Jewish context.
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