Sacks - Covenant & Conversation - 2 - Exodus

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks - Covenant & Conversation: A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible. Exodus: The Book of Redemption
The book of Exodus is the West’s meta-narrative of hope. It tells an astonishing story of how a group of slaves were liberated from the mightiest empire of the ancient world. Theologically, its message is even more revolutionary: the supreme power intervenes in history in defence of the powerless. Never before and never since has the message of monotheism been more world-transforming, and the exodus narrative has inspired many of those who, in later times, fought oppression in the name of freedom and began the long journey across the wilderness in search of the promised land.
In the seventeenth century it inspired the English Puritans and parliamentarians in their battle against an overbearing king. It was engraved on the hearts of the Pilgrim Fathers as they set sail across the Atlantic in search of a new world. Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin used it as their image when, in 1776, they drew their designs for the Great Seal of the United States. When African-Americans sang of freedom, they said, “Go down Moses, way down in Egypt land, tell old Pharaoh, Let my people go.”
On 3 April 1968, Martin Luther King delivered a sermon in a church in Memphis, Tennessee. At the end of his address, he referred to the last day of Moses’ life, when the man who had led his people to freedom was taken by God to the top of a mountain from which he could see in the distance the land he was not destined to enter. That, said King, was how he felt that night. “I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.” That night was the last of his life. The next day he was assassinated. Forty years later, for the first time in history, an African-American was elected president of the United States.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks - Covenant & Conversation: A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible. Exodus: The Book of Redemption

Maggid Books & The Orthodox Union, Koren Publishers Jerusalem Ltd., New Milford, London, Jerusalem, 2010. - 258 pp.
ISBN 978-159264-021-8, hardcover

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks - Covenant & Conversation: A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible. Exodus: The Book of Redemption - Contents

Exodus: The Birth of a Nation 
Shemot שמות 
Civil Disobedience 
The Light at the Heart of Darkness 
The Belief of a Leader 
Of What Was Moses Afraid?
Va’era וארא 
The Cup of Hope 
The Hardened Heart 
A Handful of Dust 
The God Who Acts in History 
Bo בא
Heart of Darkness 
Schools of Freedom 
The Covenant of Fate 
Letting Go of Hate 
Beshallah בשלח 
Time and Social Transformation 
The Divided Sea: Natural or Supernatural? 
Four Models of Leadership 
The Turning Point 
Yitro יתרו
Justice or Peace?
A Kingdom of Priests 
A Holy Nation
Mount Sinai and the Birth of Freedom 
Mishpatim משפטים
Helping an Enemy
Text and Interpretation: The Case of Abortion 
God Is in the Details 
Loving the Stranger 
Teruma תרומה
A Portable Home
Voluntary Contribution 
The Home We Make for God
The Making of an Ark 
Tetzaveh תצוה 
Priests and Prophets
Whose Footsteps Do We Follow When We Pray?
Brothers: A Drama in Five Acts 
Do Clothes Make the Man?
Ki Tissa כי תשא 
A Stiff-Necked People
Shabbat and the Golden Calf: Reflections on the Great Crash of 2008
Counting Jews
Awakening from Above, Awakening from Below 
Vavak-hel ויקהל
The Sabbath: First Day or the Last?
Three Kinds of Community
Nation-Building: Ancient Answer, Contemporary Problem 
The Beauty of Holiness or the Holiness of Beauty 
Pekudei פקודי
Above Suspicion: Integrity in Public Life 
God at the Centre 
Encampments and Journeys 
Exodus: The Narrative Structure 
About the Author


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