#3: Encountering the Other: A Mother-Son Dialogue

An inter-generational exploration of otherness in study and action

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When it comes to both study and social action, the exchange of insights and experiences between generations can be extremely valuable – and often extremely challenging. This episode of Global Torah LIVE brings you two separate approaches to one text – the Book of Ruth – and what that text has to teach us about the encounter with “the other.”

Listen as Dr. Avivah Zornberg and Yarden Zornberg – mother and son, scholar and practitioner – enter a dialogue that sheds light not just on the text, but on the practice of reaching across boundaries toward a greater global good.

Includes an in-depth analysis of the Book of Ruth. Click here for the full Biblical text.

*Note: Guests in this episode occasionally use Hebrew terms without translating them, so it may be most suitable for listeners with a strong grasp of Hebrew.

This episode was recorded before a live audience at Limmud UK.

Featured Guests

Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg is the author of several books and articles including The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious, Genesis: The Beginning of Desire, and, most recently, Moses: A Human Life. She holds a BA and PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. After teaching English literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, she turned to teaching Torah and has taught in Jerusalem at Matan, Yakar, Pardes and the Jerusalem College for Adults. She holds a Visiting Lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies. She travels widely, lecturing in Jewish, academic and psychoanalytic settings.


Yarden Zornberg has been Project TEN‘s director since it was founded by The Jewish Agency for Israel in 2012. Since his appointment, Yarden has been responsible for the establishment and ongoing development of six Project TEN centers worldwide. Prior to his employment with The Jewish Agency, Yarden served as a National Director for “Acharai”, an Israeli NGO that empowers youth at-risk. He has worked extensively with under-served populations in Israel including Bedouin and Druze communities, and has facilitated joint activities for Palestinian and Jewish children. Yarden holds a MSW in Clinical Social Work from the University of Haifa, a BA in Psychology from Ben Gurion University, and certification in Group Facilitation. One of his main passions is exploring the world, and he has traveled to over 45 different countries. Yarden lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Yael, and two sons Amir and Nadav.

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