Welcome to The Zohar - August 10, 2017

August 14th, 2017

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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Hot Topics in the Hot Sun: Water Water Everywhere: The Natural, Ritual, and Mystical July 25, 2017

July 31st, 2017

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel:

In may of our sacred stories, water plays a part.  there are the encounters at the well where Jacob & Rachel and Moses & Tzippora meet each other.  There is Miriam's Well, the water source that accompanied the Israelites in the Wilderness, according to the Rabbis.  There are the waters of creation and the waters of the Sea of Reeds that splits for the Exodus.

There is the sea-going story of the prophet Jonah.

During this course we will dive ina nd look at the possiblitlites of water as a metaphor and water as a prop, both in the Tanakh and rabbinic literature, even as the monsoon season begins bringing water to our corner of the world.

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Hot Topics in the Hot Sun: Water Water Everywhere: The Rains July 11, 2017

July 12th, 2017

In may of our sacred stories, water plays a part.  there are the encounters at the well where Jacob & Rachel and Moses & Tzippora meet each other.  There is Miriam's Well, the water source that accompanied the Israelites in the Wilderness, according to the Rabbis.  There are the waters of creation and the waters of the Sea of Reeds that splits for the Exodus.

There is the sea-going story of the prophet Jonah.

During this course we will dive ina nd look at the possiblitlites of water as a metaphor and water as a prop, both in the Tanakh and rabbinic literature, even as the monsoon season begins bringing water to our corner of the world.

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The Genesis Project: The Sole of the Torah - May 17, 2017

May 18th, 2017

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 May 11, 2017

May 12th, 2017

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel
 
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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Basic Judaism - May 11,, 2017

May 12th, 2017

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

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 9, 2017

May 11th, 2017

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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The Holiest Places on Earth Part IV: Australia, Easter Island, Peru & more May 10, 2017

May 11th, 2017

Join Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon as he explains what makes places holy and what role the human-divine partnership plays in creating, transforming, maintaining, and losing sanctity over time. We will examine locations holy to a wide variety of religious traditions, past and present, exploring their commonalities and differences. What makes people choose a site for sanctification? 

Why do some become places of pilgrimage and how does that change them? How are we influenced by topography, history, and natural, shaped, and man-made beauty in our choice of sacred sites? And what kinds of experiences do these sites engender for believers and other visitors?

Rabbi Cohon spent his Sabbatical traveling to the holiest places on earth, visiting over 145 sacred places in 20 countries around the world in three months. He is working on a book on the journey.

The fourth and final chapter of the journey will explore the holiest places of Australia, Easter Island, Peru (including Machu Picchu) and recent trips to Salt Lake City and Mexico

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Welcome to the Zohar - May 11, 2017

May 11th, 2017

 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 May 04, 2017

May 5th, 2017

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel
 
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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