Hot Topics in the Hot Sun - June 16, 2016

June 16th, 2016

The Holiest Places on Earth, Part III: Southeast Asia 

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Rabbi Cohon's new series on the Holiest Places on Earth reaches Southeast Asia, an exotic and complex region of deep religious dedication. Buddhism and Hinduism experienced dramatic transformations when they reached Southeast Asia, and the cultures and peoples committed to these complex faiths created great places of worship and learning. Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia all feature centers of sacredness, each distinct and extraordinary, from the jungle temples of Angkor Wat to the gentle Hindu sacred baths of upcounty Bali, to the golden Buddhist centers of Thailand, to the surprisingly comical statues in the Batu Caves of Kuala Lumpur.
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Hot Topics in the Hot Sun - June 14, 2016

June 14th, 2016

When the Nightingales Sing: The Joy of Ladino Song

Taught by Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg

The songs of the Sephardic Jews of Turkey, Greece, and Northern Africa are some of the most beautiful and evocative in Jewish tradition. In this class, we'll learn about Ladino history and culture, hear Ladino artists, and sing popular Ladino songs.
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Basic Judaism — May 12, 2016

May 12th, 2016

This year-long class presents a thematic introduction to Jewish ideas, texts, theology, history, and culture taught in an interactive and participatory discussion style.  Learn all the basics, exploring the most important texts of Jewish tradition: Torah, Prophets, Writings, Mishnah, Gemara, Midrash, Codes, Philosophy, and Liturgy.  This class is a prerequisite for the Adult B'nai Mitzvah program, Adult Confirmation, and for all conversion students.

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The Genesis Project: The Sole of the Torah - May 10, 2016

May 10th, 2016

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

What is the purpose of creation? Is the Garden of Eden an account, a myth, or a metaphor? The “Sole of the Torah” delves into the undersurface (the “sole”) of the Torah. We begin at Genesis 1:1 and will continue to read and discuss this fundamental text of Judaism every week. The Genesis Project differs from weekly Shabbat Torah Study in that it is a continuous reading of Torah rather than being limited to the weekly Torah portion. The goal is a continuous reading to better understand the flow and linkages throughout the Torah.
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Basic Judaism — May 5, 2016

May 5th, 2016

This year-long class presents a thematic introduction to Jewish ideas, texts, theology, history, and culture taught in an interactive and participatory discussion style.  Learn all the basics, exploring the most important texts of Jewish tradition: Torah, Prophets, Writings, Mishnah, Gemara, Midrash, Codes, Philosophy, and Liturgy.  This class is a prerequisite for the Adult B'nai Mitzvah program, Adult Confirmation, and for all conversion students.

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The Zohar, Soul-Text of Kabbalah - May 5, 2016

May 5th, 2016

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

The Zohar is the great medieval compendium of mysticism, myth, and esoteric teaching.  One of the most important bodies of religious texts of all times and places, it is also a lush literary celebration of love, expressed in sensuous religious language. The Zohar's secret universe serves as the basis of Kabbalistic faith and is, at heart, a work of sacred fantasy.  

This remarkable work is explored using the new translation by Danny Matt, which enables even novice students of the Kabbalah to approach and understand the pivotal text.  In a guided exploration of this seminal work of mysticism, Rabbi Cohon helps open the "locked garden" of the Zohar in an interactive discussion class using both intellectual and meditation techniques.
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The Genesis Project: The Sole of the Torah - May 3, 2016

May 3rd, 2016

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

What is the purpose of creation? Is the Garden of Eden an account, a myth, or a metaphor? The “Sole of the Torah” delves into the undersurface (the “sole”) of the Torah. We begin at Genesis 1:1 and will continue to read and discuss this fundamental text of Judaism every week. The Genesis Project differs from weekly Shabbat Torah Study in that it is a continuous reading of Torah rather than being limited to the weekly Torah portion. The goal is a continuous reading to better understand the flow and linkages throughout the Torah.
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Intermediate Judaism - April 28, 2016

April 28th, 2016

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

More advanced than Basic Judaism, this is a year-long study of the ideas, practices, and connections that make Judaism a vital and evolving religion today.  As a comprehensive exploration of the reality of today's Judaism, Intermediate Judaism focuses on the great ideas and trends of modern and contemporary Judaism: the origins and development of Reform, Conservative, and Modern Orthodox Judaism, Reconstructionist ideas, and other movements within modern Judaism.  This course will focus on themes of current importance and debate.
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The Zohar, Soul-Text of Kabbalah - April 28, 2016

April 28th, 2016

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

The Zohar is the great medieval compendium of mysticism, myth, and esoteric teaching.  One of the most important bodies of religious texts of all times and places, it is also a lush literary celebration of love, expressed in sensuous religious language. The Zohar's secret universe serves as the basis of Kabbalistic faith and is, at heart, a work of sacred fantasy.  

This remarkable work is explored using the new translation by Danny Matt, which enables even novice students of the Kabbalah to approach and understand the pivotal text.  In a guided exploration of this seminal work of mysticism, Rabbi Cohon helps open the "locked garden" of the Zohar in an interactive discussion class using both intellectual and meditation techniques.
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Intermediate Judaism - April 21, 2016

April 21st, 2016

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

More advanced than Basic Judaism, this is a year-long study of the ideas, practices, and connections that make Judaism a vital and evolving religion today.  As a comprehensive exploration of the reality of today's Judaism, Intermediate Judaism focuses on the great ideas and trends of modern and contemporary Judaism: the origins and development of Reform, Conservative, and Modern Orthodox Judaism, Reconstructionist ideas, and other movements within modern Judaism.  This course will focus on themes of current importance and debate.
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