We are fortunate to have numerous opportunities to learn from our inspiring spiritual leader and teacher, Rabbi, Dr. Kenneth A. Emert. Among those learning opportunities are two, six-week evening Roundtable discussion sessions he leads in the Fall and the Spring. The classes are suitable for those beginning their Jewish learning as well as those who want to brush up on their understanding of Jewish thought.
For each module, the rabbi choses a theological topic that relates to contemporary times and our personal lives. Through stimulating lectures, lively discussions, and a chance to ask provocative questions, our congregants come away enriched from their learning from Rabbi Emert and each other.
PUTTING GOD SECOND: HOW TO SAVE RELIGION FROM ITSELF
Why have the monotheistic religions failed to produce societies that live up to their ethical ideals? A prominent rabbi answers this question by looking at his own faith and offering a way for religion to heal itself.In Putting God Second, Rabbi Donniel Hartman tackles one of modern life’s most urgent and vexing questions: Why are the great monotheistic faiths—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—chronically unable to fulfill their own self-professed goal of creating individuals infused with moral sensitivity and societies governed by the highest ethical standards?
We will look at what Hartman calls religion’s flaws and examine the role of God and of ethics in Judaism.
Rabbi Donniel Hartman, an eminent scholar, and president of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, has influenced rabbis from across the religious spectrum, all throughout North America and Europe. Each summer for the past 20 years, I have had the privilege of studying with him at the Institute in Israel.
Six Sessions Beginning Tuesday, March 7th.
Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Library.
Session 1 – March 7th: Religion’s Autoimmune Disease
Session 2 – March 14th: The Religious Ethic of Non-indifference
Session 3 – March 21st: God Intoxication and God Manipulation
Session 4 – March 28th: Immunizing Against God Manipulation
Session 5 – April 4th: When Scripture is the Problem
Session 6 – April 18th: a) Do I Have to Believe in God to be a Good Jew?
b) Putting God First by Putting God Second
ALL ARE WELCOME! NO PREVIOUS JEWISH BACKGROUND REQUIRED
Nosh & Drash
Bible & Bagels, Coffee & Commentary... What better reason to roll out of bed on Shabbat morning?
Nosh and Drash is an hour-long, Shabbat morning discussion of the weekly Torah portion facilitated by Lois Ruderman, TBR’s rabbinic intern, currently in her third year serving our congregation.
Nosh and Drash is a participatory discussion. In our ever-widening group of participants, we are fortunate to have a wealth of knowledge of history, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, and more! From one Shabbat to the next, our discussions are lively and varied. We are a supportive and friendly kehillah (fellowship), learning Torah and sharing the joy of Shabbat together. All levels of Jewish knowledge are welcome!
Consider joining us as we DRASH (interpret and comment on the Torah) and NOSH (hot drinks, bagels and shmeers).
Saturday mornings prior to services from 9:00 - 10:00 am
in the large classroom at the end of the Educational Wing.
2017: February 25; March 11, 18; April 1, 29; May 6, 13; June 3, 17
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