There are many ways to catch the attention of an audience for the Bible, but I am hard pressed to think of one more shocking than "We're putting the patriarch Abraham on trial". But Temple Emanu-El in New York City is doing just that to get their people interested in the story of Abraham and Isaac.
Presiding over the Old Testament-inspired case will be U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan. Representing Abraham will be high-profile defense attorney Alan Dershowitz. Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer will lead the prosecution.
“Let’s be honest here—if I put an ad asking people to come study Bible on a Sunday morning, not many people will come,” said Gady Levy, the new executive director of the synagogue’s Skirball Center, which is hosting the event.
With this program, he said, “people are going to come and study Torah. But they’re going to do it in a creative way—and in a way that makes religion relevant to their lives.”