Outside Looking In

Elisha ben Abuya and the Anxiety of Change

Rabbi Jason Rubenstein

What does it mean when a great Jewish leader loses his faith? Elisha ben Abuya is the Talmud's most famous apostate, as well as renowned sage and teacher. These classes were recorded for the Community Beit Midrash kickoff event, 2014. Featured are: Mechon Hadar's Dena Weiss and R. Jason Rubenstein; Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School's R. Dov Linzer; Yeshivat Maharat's R. Sara Hurwitz; the Drisha Institute's R. David Silber; and JTS's Mordecai Schwartz.