Basic Judaism - March 23, 2017

March 24th, 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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Life After Death in Jewish Belief - March 22, 2017

March 23rd, 2017

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Most of us want to know what happens after we die. Is there life after death? Do we Jews even believe in that? Jewish tradition throughout history has answered, "Yes", but in many ways and with varying understandings of just what eternal life entails. While Judaism is focused primarily on how to live life before death, there is still a rich and complex set of beliefs and traditions about what happens after we die. 

Explore the remarkable Jewish intellectual and spiritual world of life beyond life, and the eternal struggle to "look beyond the curtain". Join the great thinkers in our tradition in asking and answering the key questions. Are our souls independent entities? What are heaven and hell for Jews? Do we believe in resurrections? Should we believe in reincarnation? Discover how Jewish believers, moralists, rationalists, and mystics have viewed life after death in this fascinating series, and perhaps learn what redemption really means.

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Welcome to the Zohar - March 23, 2017

March 23rd, 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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The Genesis Project: The Sole of the Torah - March 21, 2017

March 21st, 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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Life After Death in Jewish Belief - March 15, 2017

March 17th, 2017

Taught by Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon

Most of us want to know what happens after we die. Is there life after death? Do we Jews even believe in that? Jewish tradition throughout history has answered, "Yes", but in many ways and with varying understandings of just what eternal life entails. While Judaism is focused primarily on how to live life before death, there is still a rich and complex set of beliefs and traditions about what happens after we die. 

Explore the remarkable Jewish intellectual and spiritual world of life beyond life, and the eternal struggle to "look beyond the curtain". Join the great thinkers in our tradition in asking and answering the key questions. Are our souls independent entities? What are heaven and hell for Jews? Do we believe in resurrections? Should we believe in reincarnation? Discover how Jewish believers, moralists, rationalists, and mystics have viewed life after death in this fascinating series, and perhaps learn what redemption really means.

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Intermediate Judaism March 16, 2017

March 17th, 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 - March 16, 2017

March 17th, 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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Welcome to the Zohar - March 16, 2017

March 17th, 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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The Genesis Project: The Sole of the Torah - March 14, 2017

March 14th, 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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Basic Judaism - March 9, 2017

March 10th, 2017

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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