THE PEOPLE VS. JOSEPH’S BROTHERS
THE CHARGES: Kidnapping and child trafficking
6th Annual Trial!
Sunday, November 17
In the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center courtroom, no one is above the law — not king nor prophet, matriarch nor patriarch. Abraham, King David, Moses, Eve and Noah all have faced justice here. You are hereby summoned to serve on the jury for case #5780.
For the defense
Harvard Professor of Law, Emeritus
For the prosecution
Former US Attorney and Governor of New Jersey
Honorable US District Judge
Joseph’s ten older brothers seethed with jealousy at their father’s special affection for the son of his old age, the eldest child of his favorite wife, the one with a preternatural ability to interpret dreams. After he gave Joseph a coat of many colors, the brothers refused to contain their envy. They ambushed Joseph, threw him into an empty well and then sold him as a slave to traveling Midianites, faking an attack by wild animals to hide their misdeeds from their father.
Decades later, Joseph forgave his brothers for their sins. But shouldn’t the State hold them accountable for their crimes?
Our proceedings will begin with a review of the facts of the case by Rabbi Norman Cohen, PhD. You will then enter the “courtroom,” where Chris Christie and Alan Dershowitz will argue the case. Presiding Judge Abrams will then instruct you, the jury, on what you may and may not consider before you vote on the innocence or guilt of Joseph’s brothers.
With a special performance by Bill Hutton and Sharon Catherine Brown, who played the roles of Joseph and the Narrator in the original 1982 Broadway production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, conducted by the original musical director, David Friedman.
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