“Avoda Zara”! Dealing With “The Other” Then And Today
While we Jews live primarily among Christians and Muslims in our daily lives, the early rabbis of the Talmud lived among people who they called “foreign worshippers.” For sure, some of these people were Christians but more often this category of people were worshippers in Ancient Greek, Roman and Persian religious groups. How did our Jewish ancestors live among such people? To what extent did the tradition permit interaction with them? Most interestingly, how are ancient issue of dealing with “the other” similar to the way we think about those outside the Jewish community today? Join me in cracking open the Talmud and studying the Tractate “Avoda Zara”!