Complainers in the Desert
Complainers in the Desert: Why be like complainers?
This course will explore not just the biblical text and interpretations, but the methods of various interpreters and the messages they extract from the text.
In this first of two parts, we will delve into midrashic analysis of the complainers. What tools do the scholars of midrash use to unpack each textual detail? What do their interpretations suggest about the state of the Jewish people in the desert, and perhaps about the nature of complaints – or, quasi-complaints – in general?
Complainers in the Desert: Real or Imagined?
After working our way through Rashi and his source midrash last week, we are ready to compare and contrast that approach with several others, in terms of their respective methodologies as well as the insights each can offer into the nature of complaints.
Sarah Rudolph is a freelance Jewish educator, writer, and editor. 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, OU Life, The Lehrhaus, TorahMusings, and more. She is Editor-At-Large, Deracheha: womenandmitzvot.org. Sarah lives in Cleveland with her husband and four children, but is privileged to learn online with students all over the world.