“You Shall Surely Open Your Hand”
2015 is a Shemitah (sabbatical) year. Despite our usual associations of Shemitah with land, Shemitah in Devarim (Deuteronomy) is about something else: it is a year for remitting debts and liberating slaves. In this session, we’ll do a close reading of Devarim 15, and explore such questions as:
What kind of social ethic does Devarim seek to instill?
How does it work to ensure that there will be no permanent underclass in the land of Israel?
What strategies does it use to motivate people to treat one another generously?
Along the way, we'll see how Devarim radicalizes the social vision of Shemot (Exodus). Recorded live at the Rabbis' Yeshiva Intensive 2015.