What Does the “Divine Image” Look Like? Perspectives from Chazal
Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Zuckier / October 18, 2020
The Torah teaches us that humanity is created in the divine image. Chazal develop and apply this theme in a number of places, and their discussions lay bare important questions about the nature of the divine image. In particular, several Talmudic passages explicitly address how the divine image maps onto categories of religion, race, and gender, as they apply this definition of humanity in a variety of halakhic areas. This class offers a close reading of those sugyot and their interpreters, aiming to better understand this timely and timeless definition of humanity.
Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Zuckier
Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Zuckier teaches in the Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program and the Drisha Summer Kollel, as well as other Drisha Programs. A postdoctoral fellow in Jewish Studies at McGill University, he received his PhD in Ancient Judaism at Yale University and was a member of Yeshiva University’s Kollel Elyon. Previously he served as Director of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Yale University. Shlomo is an alumnus of Yeshivat Har Etzion and RIETS, as well as of the Wexner and Tikvah Fellowships. He has lectured and taught widely across North America, as well as at Yale Divinity School, Yeshiva University, the Tikvah Fund, and Bnot Sinai. A Founder of The Lehrhaus, Shlomo serves on the Editorial Committee of Tradition and has edited two books on contemporary Jewish thought.