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Sunday, February 17 • 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Jacob Dreams About Ladders & Makes a Deal with God: But What Exactly is the Deal?

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In this session we will review the Chumash (Bible) text of Jacob's ladder dream and the deal he makes with God after he wakes up the next morning. We will attempt to answer the following questions: In Jacob's dream, what are the conditions he asks God to achieve and what does he offer in return? Why does Jacob strike this deal when God promised him everything in the dream? What does the Midrash (commentary) teach us about Jacob? We will also compare two variant texts of Midrash.

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Beryl Phillips

(David) Beryl Phillips is an attorney, accountant, and computer support consultant and trainer, having practiced criminal defense and forensic accounting, among other things. He is currently the Controller of a major mortgage firm. An amateur standup comic, he has lectured all over the world in numerous fields, including Chumash (Bible) studies, in which he led a weekly study group in West Hempstead (L.I.) for over 3 years. He now resides in... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2013 9:00pm - 10:15pm
Princeton concourse level