Can the literal meaning of the Torah contradict the way it is interpreted in Jewish law? We’ll enter this debate through the example of tefillin. What is at stake in taking either position? How do we navigate the balance between taking our holy book seriously, but not literally? Sources in original and English.
Black Lives Matter. Black and Beautiful. Are we Jews white? Jewish texts deal with racial matters, and so it is appropriate that we examine attitudes in Jewish tradition to this major modern issue.
How do we stay centered in a world full of turmoil? What do we need to be happy in our personal and professional lives? How do we avoid falling into depression, burnout, and addiction (and how do we recover if we're already there)? Learn wisdom from Torah, tefilla (prayer), and tehillim (psalms), and the six human needs developed by Tony Robbins.
In the Jewish tradition, providing for others has been seen as a matter of justice not charity. This is a very different approach to Western and Christian views. We will explore the concept of Tzedaka and consider a number of contrasts between the modern welfare state and what charity would look like if secular law was replaced by Jewish law.
Judah and Joseph were brothers, rivals, and the fathers of kings. But, where did this rivalry begin? This session will examine their relationship, and what it can teach us about our relationships with our siblings, and ourselves. All levels of experience with text are welcome.
Come and learn how to use theatre to examine the dynamics of power and oppression in our lives and communities. Drawing on Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre, we’ll play games, share stories and practice strategies for creating change in real life. No acting experience necessary, dress for movement and come ready to play.
Unusual texts for some reason rarely taught, often ignored, often distinctly off-beat but very much loaded with great Jewish values. (There is to be a great deal of give-and-take in this session).
Did you ever come to shul to say Kaddish and were told, “sorry, we don’t have a minyan.” Who cares? In an age of individualism, do I really need nine others? We’ll look at the individual-community interaction in the synagogue and the liturgy, and the values reflected there.