SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Rabbi Reuven Firestone will be the featured speaker this weekend at the Westchester Reform Temple Morgan and Marjorie Miller Scholarship-in-Residence program.
During the weekend, the rabbi will conduct a series of interactive presentations that will explore several facets of both Judaism and Islam.
On Friday, following 7:45 p.m. services, Firestone will both compare Islam and Judaism and evaluate the meaning of religious and the religious experience.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Firestone’s presentation, “Behar-Bechukotai: The Torah and the Quran on Responsibility to the Poor,” will examine both works while considering the different views of divine sustenance and human responsibility. That will be followed at 10:30 a.m. by another program, “Religious Spirituality, Extremism and Violence Today.”
To wrap up the weekend, the rabbi will conclude with an 11 a.m. discussion about the history and origins of anti Semitism and Islamophobia, and how those feelings have evolved over time.
Firestone is a professor of medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a senior fellow at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. He has published several books and has won awards around the world.
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