Cleveland-Marshall will host "The People versus Moses," a dramatic mock trial and panel discussion, presented by Kol HaLev, Cleveland's Reconstructionist Jewish Community. Distinguished members of Cleveland's legal community will argue and preside over a theatrical mock trial and interfaith panel discussion. The event features a cast of legal, religious and academic experts with the audience serving as the jury.
One of the most enigmatic characters in the bible, Moses was never quite at ease in any of his roles – as royalty, as voice and shepherd of the people, or as liberator – but nonetheless acted with conviction when called upon by God to help redeem the slaves from Egypt. This year’s event explores complex ethical issues of relativity: Were the deaths of thousands of Egyptians worth the price of the Hebrews’ freedom? And to what extent can Moses himself be held responsible for such a massive tragedy?
Presiding Judge: The Honorable Michael J. Ryan, Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Defense Attorney: Charna Sherman, President, Charna E. Sherman Law Offices
Prosecuting Attorney: Steven M. Dettelbach, Partner, BakerHostetler and former U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Ohio
- Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, Director, Department of Multifaith Studies and Initiatives and Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
- The Reverend Richard M. Gibson, Pastor, Elizabeth Baptist Church
- Natalie Weaver, PhD, Chair and Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Ursuline College
Panel Moderator: Craig M. Boise, Dean, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Tickets for the event are $30-$125 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased at http://www.kolhalev.net/trial.html.
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