Midrash

Midrash

The biblical narrative of Noah is sparse, occupying only a few pages in the book of Genesis. Yet, it is one of the most perplexing and unexplained chapters of biblical history.

It is a world destroyed because of a people descended into irredeemable violence. The violence that began with Cain and Abel has so consumed the Earth that God chooses to destroy his creation rather than repair it.

With a master of midrash as our guide, we walk through the Exodus story at the heart of Passover. It's not the simple narrative you've watched at the movies or learned in Sunday school. Neither Moses or Pharaoh, nor the oppressed Israelites or even God, are as they seem. As Avivah Zornberg reveals, Exodus is a cargo of hidden stories — telling the messy, strange, redemptive truth of us as we are, and life as it is.

What may one of the great literary teachers of Torah and midrash — the Jewish tradition of reading between the lines of the Bible to uncover hidden layers of meaning — teach us about our own human longings? Hear what happens when she takes on Noah and the Flood, and Adam and Eve in the garden.

A stirring set of questions from the Sephardic seder tradition creates a new space for a father's reflection on Passover.