Who were our ancestors and what did they represent? Abraham and Jacob present us with two different paradigms of Jewish history and identity. Rabbi Dr. David Frankel, senior lecturer in Bible at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies discusses how Abraham accepts the mantle of national identity while Jacob runs from responsibility. How are these contrasts evident in Israel today?
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David Frankel is Associate Professor of Bible at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies. He has been on the faculty since 1992. He earned his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the direction of Prof. Moshe Weinfeld. His publications include “The Murmuring Stories of the Priestly School,” and “The Land of Canaan and the Destiny of Israel.” From 1991 to 1996, Frankel was rabbi of Congregation Shevet Achim in Gilo, Jerusalem.