January 22, 2019

Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Noach with Rabbi Lucy Dinner

This week’s guest is Rabbi Lucy Dinner, the senior rabbi of Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, North Carolina. Rabbi Dinner graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a degree in Public Policy Analysis, and she received her Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Rabbi Dinner, who has been at Temple Beth Or since 1993, has been active in Raleigh’s Urban Ministries advisory board and on the Medical Ethics Committee of the city’s Rex Hospital, and she currently serves on the Board of “Stop Hunger Now.” She has also served on the URJ Committee on the Jewish Family, the Rabbinic Mentoring Committee, and currently is a member of the Reform Rabbi’s Committee on Resolutions. In 2011 she joined the “Rabbinic Vision Initiative,” a group of 27 Reform rabbis collaborating to work for the future of the Reform Movement.

This week's Torah portion – Parashat Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32) – features the famous story of Noah's ark and of the great flood, as well as the story of the Tower of Babel. Our discussion focuses on the possible meaning behind Noah’s curious proclivity toward alcohol.

If you would like to learn some more about parashat Noach, check out our conversation with Rabbi Mishael Zion.