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For Immediate Release: October 19, 2012


Local Rabbi to Speak at Providence College as part of Catholic-Jewish Series

RackoverM.jpgProvidence, R.I. – Rabbi Mordechai Rackover, associate university chaplain for the Jewish community at Brown University and the rabbi of the Brown RISD Hillel Foundation, will deliver a presentation as part of the Providence College Lecture and Colloquium series, Theological Exchange Between Catholics and Jews on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. The event will be held at 4:00 p.m. in Slavin Center’s ’64 Hall, on campus. The lecture is entitled, “Family Secrets: Sin and the Book of Genesis.”

Rabbi Rackover will explore the attitudes and behaviors of characters in the Book of Genesis, while appealing to the rabbinic tradition. He also will explain the significance as to why, in this Judaic tradition, Genesis narratives are referred to as “stories of the upright.” 

“Jews and Catholics have the longest continuous traditions of Bible interpretation,” said Rabbi Rackover. “In our study, I will try and give insight into some of the more difficult stories in the Book of Genesis based on traditional rabbinic sources. While the sources are traditional, the reading will be oriented to finding meaning for contemporary study and spiritual practice.” A native of Montreal, he spent nearly eight years studying in Israel. Prior to working at Brown, Rackover was a synagogue rabbi and a teacher.

Established at the College in the 2009-10 academic year, the Theological Exchange serves as a forum for learning and dialogue between Catholics and Jews. The talks are sponsored by the Department of Theology, the Graduate Program in Theology, and the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact (401) 865-2274.


Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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