Unscrolling the Megillot +1, Class 6 - The Book of Ecclesiastes, December 12, 2016

December 12th, 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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Unscrolling the Megillot +1, Class 5 - The Book of Esther, December 5, 2016

December 5th, 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 - December 1, 2016

December 1st, 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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Basic Judaism — December 1, 2016

December 1st, 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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Intermediate Judaism, December 1, 2016

December 1st, 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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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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