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Project Zug to welcome Rabbi Ethan Tucker

WESTERN MASS. — Rabbi Ethan Tucker will present “Mordechai: A Threefold Tales that is Easily Unraveled,” as part of Project Zug on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Sinai Temple.

Tucker will discuss Mordechai’s story in three different ways: 1) As the hero of the Purim story and a member of the Great Assembly; 2) As a diasporic, assimilated Jew who all but abandoned his counterparts struggling to rebuild the Second Commonwealth; and 3) As a statesman with dual responsibilities and commitments to Judea and Persia. Tucker and participants will explore contemporary re-tellings invested in each of these pictures as we plumb what is at stake in these dueling narratives.

Rabbi Ethan Tucker is president and Rosh Yeshiva at Hadar and chair in Jewish Law. He also directs Hadar’s Center for Jewish Law and Values. Tucker was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Harvard College. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was a co-founder of Kehilat Hadar and a winner of the first Grinspoon Foundation Social Entrepreneur Fellowship. He serves on the board of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Ramaz School. He is the author, along with Rabbi Micha’el Rosenberg, of Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law (2017).

Project Zug is a program of SAJE, the Springfield Alliance for Jewish Education, a collaborative program helping to build a stronger, more vibrant adult education program through community lectures, adult education classes, and a community-wide celebration of Jewish culture and arts. SAJE sponsors are Springfield JCC, The Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts (Jewish Endowment Foundation), B’nai Torah, LYA, Sinai Temple, and Temple Beth El.

To Register for the program, go to or call Rabbi James Greene at (413) 739-4715.

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