The Faith of a Heretic: The Tragedy of Elisha ben Abuyah


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Limmud Conference 2009


Daniel Reisel


What do we do when the reality we encounter doesn't match our theology? This was the predicament of the second century Rabbi Elisha ben Abuyah. Faced with the choice between living what he saw as a lie and rejecting everything he loved, Rabbi Elisha famously and irrevocably opted for the latter. A peculiarly modern-sounding Talmudic story of turmoil, passion and big ideas.



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