Rabbi Ariel Pollak will be giving a talk and a workshop on the pluralism and anti-fundamentalism of early Jewish sources. The text study and discussion will be focusing on short texts from the Torah and mainly from the Talmud to look at the meaning of ‘open-end’ and pluralistic hermeneutics for the past and present.
Rabbi Ariel Pollak is a co-founder of the Let’s Start Davening Initiative and HAMAKOM, based in Berlin. He received his ordination from the Abraham Geiger College. Currently, he is working with the European Union for Progressive Judaism and West London Synagogue as a visiting rabbi, looking for sustainable, 21th century models for Jewish life. He is also a PhD student at the School of Jewish Theology at Potsdam University, in the field of Jewish mysticism and the psychology of religion.