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Aharon and the Golden Calf: Art and Responsibility

Rabba Wendy Amsellem / November 13, 2013

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In Exodus 32, Aharon creates a golden sculpture that the people of Israel worship as a god. What responsibility does an artist bear for how others perceive his/her art? Are an artist’s intentions integral to the ultimate meaning of the work? This podcast explores these questions through a study of biblical and rabbinic texts relating to Aharon’s infamous creation.




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Rabba Wendy Amsellem

Wendy Amsellem teaches Talmud and Halakha at Yeshivat Maharat and is the Editor of Yeshivat Maharat’s Keren Journal.  She is also a faculty member at Drisha and at Pardes and she is an editor at The Lehrhaus. Wendy received semicha from Yeshivat Maharat and is an alumna of the Drisha Scholars Circle and high school program. She has a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University. Click here to access podcasts recorded by Wendy Amsellem.


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