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Lessons From Gidon

Lessons From Gidon
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Lessons From Gidon
Wednesday May 30, 2018
9:00PM
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3 days, 18 hours, 38 minutes
Instructor: Mrs. Sarah Rudolph
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Mrs. Sarah Rudolph




Lessons From Gidon


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Course Description

In a story spanning several chapters, Gidon rises from the lowest of the low to emerge victorious against an enemy that had terrorized the Jewish people for years. The process through which he gains the confidence to fight Midian and lead his people is remarkable and contains numerous messages about leadership, faith, and other motifs. We will explore some of these ideas through a careful reading of the text, aided by classical commentaries and midrashic interpretations. As we learn how Gidon came to rise and how his sons came to fall, we will uncover some of the many ways this story of the Prophets is relevant for all time.


About Mrs. Sarah Rudolph
Sarah Rudolph is a Jewish educator and freelance writer. She has been sharing her passion for Jewish texts of all kinds for over 15 years, with students of all ages. Sarah's essays have been published in a variety of internet and print media, including Times of Israel, Kveller, Jewish Action, and more. Sarah lives in Cleveland with her husband and four children, but is privileged to learn with students all over the world.


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April 25, 2018 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Lessons From Gidon

Welcome! We'll begin our studies of Gidon at the beginning, with introductions to the book of Shoftim (Judges) in general, to the state of the Jewish people just before Gidon came into the picture, and to Gidon himself. As we begin to get to know our hero, we will examine what hints we can find - even in his humble beginnings - of the powerful leader he would become. Along the way, we will pick up some insights into various themes, such as how the Jewish people might be(come) worthy of divine assistance.

 
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May 2, 2018 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Lessons From Gidon

As we ended our discussion last time, Gidon had just been instructed to "go with this, your strength, and  save Israel from Midian." We wondered which strength the angel might be referring to, as Gidon had not yet demonstrated any overt might. In this week's class, we will explore Gidon's state of mind at the time of this encounter and where he might find the strength to become the leader his people need. We will then consider the nature of Gidon's skepticism of his G-d-giving mission, including comparisons to another (more) famous leader who was also hesitant to accept his role without miraculous proof behind him. 

 
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May 9, 2018 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Lessons From Gidon

We left of last week by highlighting some points of comparison and contrast between Gidon and Moshe. In this week's class, we will continue that discussion and complete our study of chapter 6 with further explorations of what Gidon needs to do, and have done, in order to progress into his role and lead his people in battle against Midian. 

 
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May 16, 2018 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Lessons From Gidon

In this week's class, we will complete our discussion of what Hashem asked of Gidon, and what Gidon further asked of Hashem, before the war against Gidon could commence. After all the tests between G-d and Gidon, we will find that even his soldiers must be put to the test, though the precise purpose of the test is subject to some debate: What does it take to become one of only 300 men selected to carry out a miraculous victory against Midian? 

We will also return yet again to another question: What does it take to convince Gidon, at long last, that he truly is the one selected to lead the people in that miraculous victory?

 
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May 23, 2018 9:00PM - 10:00PM
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May 30, 2018 9:00PM - 10:00PM
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