Between Heaven & Earth with Rabbi Nesson

Posted on March 02, 2016


Rabbi David Nesson, now in his 27th year as spiritual leader of Morristown Jewish Center–Beit Yisrael, will lead a fascinating three-part series titled “Between Heaven and Earth: A Journey Through the Books of the Apocrypha and the Pseudepigrapha, the Stories of the Beginning and the End of Time.”

The series, which is free and open to the public, will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, March 7 and 14, and Tuesday, March 22, at the Morris County Library, 30 E. Hanover Ave., in Whippany. The series is coordinated by the Our Jewish World program, under the direction of Melanie Levitan and Ellen Nesson.

Rabbi Nesson notes, “In our previous sessions on ‘Mysticism’ and on ‘Books of the Bible No One Reads,’ we touched upon these two collections of books. In this series, we will take a more in-depth look at some of these books, including Enoch (written by Noah’s great-grandfather) and The Life of Adam and Eve (what really happened that got us expelled from Eden).”

The rabbi’s series will also examine the lives of two women who saved the Jewish people—Judith and Esther. Their courage is chronicled in the books of Judith and additions to the Book of Esther. Participants will also learn about one of the most enigmatic personalities in the Bible, Daniel. Two books focus on Daniel’s mystical powers: Suzanna and The Song of the Three Children.

Finally, Rabbi Nesson points out, “We will delve into what the Jewish community was experiencing (apocalyptically and eschatologically) just before the destruction of the Second Temple, as noted in book 2 of Edras. We will discuss the questions raised in these books as they relate to our lives and our world.”

A renowned speaker and community leader, Rabbi Nesson serves on the Advisory Board of Directors of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. He was a founder and first chairman of the MetroWest Rabbinic Cabinet and serves on the Religious Pluralism Committee. He served on the Board of the Hebrew Academy of Morris County (now the Gottesman Academy) as well as the Rabbinic Council of the Golda Och Academy. He is a member of the New York Board of Rabbis and the New Jersey Region of the Rabbinical Assembly, where he served as a vice president. He also served on the national scene as chair of the Rabbinical Assembly’s Continuing Education Committee.

Rabbi Nesson is also a passionate teacher. He teaches adult education classes in History, Talmud, Kabbalah, Bible and Philosophy. He has also participated in several summer rabbinic seminars at the Hartman Institute and he has brought Hartman programs to MJCBY and the larger community.

Preregistration is requested for Rabbi Nesson’s series. To preregister, email