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Redeeming Captives: A Vexing Dilemma

Sunday, November 5, 2023
10:00 AM EST -11:30 AM EST

Virtual Event

Cost: No Charge


Gefsky Community Scholar Rabbi Danny Schiff

Join Rabbi Danny Schiff for this year’s Global Day of Jewish Learning

The Gefsky Community Scholar position is endowed by the H. Arnold and Adrien B. Gefsky Endowment Fund of the Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation.

The Global Day of Jewish Learning

2023 Global Theme: The Values We Hold Dear

On October 7, Hamas seized over 200 captives. This study session is dedicated to their well being and release.

Jewish tradition has long considered the extremely difficult issue of what to do about hostages. How far should we go to ransom captives? Should we hand over jailed terrorists to redeem captives? How many terrorists?  Does it make a difference if the captives are in mortal danger? In response to the horrifying events of October 7, Rabbi Schiff will explore the Jewish approach to handling this very painful – and all too real – challenge.

Gefsky Community Scholar Rabbi Danny SchiffRabbi Dr. Danny Schiff is the Gefsky Community Scholar at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. He is a noted teacher and researcher in Jewish ethics.


Global Day of Jewish Learning

Classes are generously supported by the Elaine Belle Krasik Fund for Adult Education.





Federation Adult Learning
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