Unscrolling the Megillot +1, Class 4 - Laminations, November 28, 2016

November 28th, 2016

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

The book of Esther is not the only Megillah scroll, associated with a Jewish holiday. The Books of Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and  the Songs of Songs also each have a place in the Jewish calendar. These scrolls represent a range of literary genres from wisdom literature to novella to farce to elegy to love poetry. Two of the books are named for and tell the stories of strong women.  The + 1? That is the Book of Jonah, not a scroll in the strictest sense, but it shares some common characteristics with our five Megillot.  

We will read this amazing group of books, looking at their history, their narratives and techniques, and what lessons in each we can apply to our own lives.

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Welcome to the Zohar - September 17, 2016

November 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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Unscrolling the Megillot +1, Class 3 - Song of Songs, November 21, 2016

November 21st, 2016

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

The book of Esther is not the only Megillah scroll, associated with a Jewish holiday. The Books of Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and  the Songs of Songs also each have a place in the Jewish calendar. These scrolls represent a range of literary genres from wisdom literature to novella to farce to elegy to love poetry. Two of the books are named for and tell the stories of strong women.  The + 1? That is the Book of Jonah, not a scroll in the strictest sense, but it shares some common characteristics with our five Megillot.  

We will read this amazing group of books, looking at their history, their narratives and techniques, and what lessons in each we can apply to our own lives.

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Basic Judaism — November 17, 2016

November 17th, 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 - November 15, 2016

November 15th, 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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Unscrolling the Megillot + 1, Class 2 - Book of Ruth - November 14, 2016

November 14th, 2016

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

The book of Esther is not the only Megillah scroll, associated with a Jewish holiday. The Books of Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and  the Songs of Songs also each have a place in the Jewish calendar. These scrolls represent a range of literary genres from wisdom literature to novella to farce to elegy to love poetry. Two of the books are named for and tell the stories of strong women.  The + 1? That is the Book of Jonah, not a scroll in the strictest sense, but it shares some common characteristics with our five Megillot.  

We will read this amazing group of books, looking at their history, their narratives and techniques, and what lessons in each we can apply to our own lives.  

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Basic Judaism — November 10, 2016

November 10th, 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 - November 10, 2016

November 10th, 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.
 
- See more at http://www.templeemanueltucson.org/learning/adult-education/adult-education#sthash.YwQDwmaU.dpuf
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The Genesis Project: The Sole of the Torah - November 8, 2016

November 8th, 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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Jesus and Judaism: Ways That Never Parted - Session 2

November 8th, 2016

Taught by: Rabbi Sanford Seltzer

Session II: Jesus and the Charismatic Figure of the Hasidic Rebbe-Parallels and Distinctions

The sessions will explore three critical illustrations not only in the importance in the spiritual life of the Jewish people, but in the philosophy of Zionism as well. 

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