Thursday, July 12, 2007

Harry Potter and the Midrash

R. Moshe Rosenberg in the current issue of The Jewish Week (link):

If “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” were a midrash, how would it end?

This might seem like a strange question, but for a series kept antiseptically pure of overt religious references, the six volumes so far have been animated by values that are wholly in consonance with religious and even Jewish sensibilities. What’s more, the seventh and final volume by J.K. Rowling, which hits bookstores and doorsteps on July 21, revolves around that most Jewish of questions: Who shall live and who shall die?...
More on Harry Potter over the next few weeks, including a comparison of the views of Dumbledore and Rabbi Akiva on the issue of Free Will.

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