Turning Points in Jewish-Christian Relations April 27, 2017

May 4th, 2017

Taught by Max Strassfeld, PhD, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Arizona

Relationships between Christians and Jews span multiple continents and 2000 years. We will focus on three primary sources from three different periods: The Christian Bible/Late Antiquity, Middle Ages, and modernity. Each session will be spent analyzing the primary source and contextualizing them. We will discuss anti-Semitic texts but also look at Jewish anti-Christian sentiment in order to complicate any simple understanding of Jewish-Christian relations.

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The Genesis Project: The Sole of the Torah - May 2, 2017

May 3rd, 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 - April 27, 2017

April 28th, 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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Intermediate Judaism April 27, 2017

April 28th, 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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Turning Points in Jewish-Christian Relations April 27, 2017

April 27th, 2017

Taught by Max Strassfeld, PhD, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Arizona

Relationships between Christians and Jews span multiple continents and 2000 years. We will focus on three primary sources from three different periods: The Christian Bible/Late Antiquity, Middle Ages, and modernity. Each session will be spent analyzing the primary source and contextualizing them. We will discuss anti-Semitic texts but also look at Jewish anti-Christian sentiment in order to complicate any simple understanding of Jewish-Christian relations.

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Welcome to the Zohar - April 27, 2017

April 27th, 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 - April 25, 2017

April 25th, 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 - April 20, 2017

April 21st, 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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Intermediate Judaism April 20, 2017

April 21st, 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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The Holiest Places on Earth Part IV: Australia, Easter Island, Peru & more April 19, 2017

April 20th, 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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