The changing roles and relationships of major legacy institutions in shaping the American-Israel connection.
In 1241, manuscripts of the Talmud were burned in Paris after having been condemned by the Christian authorities. However, two translations into Latin of some 1500 sections of the Talmud were prepared in the following years at the university of Paris. We will follow the events in Paris in the 1240s and figure out why these translations were made.
The lecture will focus on the extent the Geonim used custom as a channel for the transmission of legal institutions from the prevailing Muslim legal tradition to the Jewish halachic framework. I will demonstrate how they used custom judiciously as a tool to regulate necessary halachic changes and to integrate them in the halachic Jewish framework.
An opportunity to learn and experience mindfulness meditation taught in a Jewish context, using Jewish spiritual language and concepts. There will be an opportunity to practice, ask questions and understand the intention and potential of mindfulness as a sacred Jewish practice
When Judah responded to Tamar's sending him his staff, signet and ring, with "She was more righteous than I," he chose public shame and private integrity over public honor and private guilt. In understanding the moral dynamics behind that choice, we gain insight into the principles that have guided the descendants of Abraham ever since.
As a scribe, I will present a study of how G-d created the world through the power of the Hebrew letters. We will analyse its symbols and numbers. No Hebrew knowledge is necessary.
In this session, we will discuss the surprising similarity between psychological resiliency and physiological resiliency measured as Heart Rate variability. Based on this knowledge we will discuss models of improving first responders' resiliency in different scenarios.
This is the first of 2 sessions looking at this intricate relationship. Topics to be covered include God, Consciousness, Free Will, Near Death etc. Is it science or religion that appears to better explain personal experience? Can differences between them be resolved? This first session will be more focused on current scientific thinking.
The first part of this session will explore the spiritual and environmental messages of Genesis through questions, discussion, and guided exercises. The second part will pivot to the related outlook of Gandhi, King, and Mandela as we unpack their political attitudes.
Konrad Morgen called himself a fanatic for justice; he was an SS lawyer who pursued senior Nazi leaders for minor irregularities and corruption. Izzy Einstein was a Jewish alcohol-detection agent in Prohibition-era America who arrested dozens of corrupt rabbis. This session will explore and contrast these two fascinating and little-known figures.