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  A 6 lesson course by JLI on the evolution of Jewish teachings throughout history

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A lot can change in 3,000 years. We've gone from camel backs to Cadillacs, and have entered a world of fast-paced technological advance. We've gone from a Jewish world marked by prophets and pilgrimages to a world where students study Torah in cyber-classrooms and rabbis address ethical question posed by organ transplants.

Yet the elemental questions about our tradition remain the same. How do we know what G-d wants of us in this world? Do we have any evidence that the Bible text is divine and true? How can we understand its cryptic passages? Why are the rabbis so concerned with minute details? Who has the right to interpret the Bible? How do we adapt its laws to modern times and changing influences?

The answers to these questions are addressed in "Judaism Decoded," the most popular course ever offered by the Jewish Learning Institute. Newly revised on the basis of feedback from students like yourself, this interactive course promises to intrigue and inspire as you explore the history and development of Jewish law and tradition.

The journey "Judaism Decoded" represents the inner story of our lives and of our people. We invite you to join us for the ride.

Discover the sheer elegance of the “source code” on which Torah law is built; enjoy the razor-sharp reasoning, intelligent debate, and compelling arguments of the Talmudic dialectic; and get a fascinating, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the most intellectually sophisticated religion in existence. 
  • Have you ever questioned the authenticity of our Jewish tradition?
  • Is there any evidence supporting the veracity of Judaism as we practice it today?
  • What was invented by the rabbis, and what can be traced back to ancient biblical verses? 
  • And how do contemporary rabbis know how to adapt biblical law for modern times?
  • Just as science follows the scientific method, Jewish tradition has its own system to ensure its authenticity remains intact.
  • Judaism Decoded sheds light on the mysteries surrounding biblical interpretation. How do we know our interpretation is true? If it is true, why is it subject to differences of opinion? And with so many interpretations to choose from, how do we know which one reflects its original intent?

  

Chabad Chai Center 3871 Post Rd, Warwick, 02886

6 Mondays

Chabad Chai Center, 3871 Post Rd, Warwick

Beginning 05/11/2015
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

$60.00 (Text book $20 optional)

Early Bird Special , 10% off before April 10

Phillys Siperstein TAMARISK Assited Living 3 Shalom Dr, Warwick, 02886

6 Tuesdays

TAMARISK Assited Living, 3 Shalom Dr, Warwick

Beginning 05/12/2015
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

$60.00 (Text book $20 optional)

Early Bird Special , 10% off before April 10

 

For more information visit us at www.myjli.com or call or email us at 401-884-7888

Scolarships available, just call or email and we are happy to have you join 

 

 

 

1. THE DYNAMIC DUO

If we have a written law, why do we need tradition? And if we have a tradition, what’s the point of a written law? Discover the brilliance of this binary system, and how it has kept Jewish tradition intact for millennia.

 

2.  A FORMULA FOR ETERNITY

Circumstances change, and, in most cases, so do the rules—unless, that is, the rules were created as principles with a unique formula to make them apply to any situation that may arise. Explore the systematic formula through which Jewish law is applied to solve new, modern-day dilemmas.

 

3. RABBIS MAKING RULES

Is my rabbi allowed to change the law when he deems it necessary? When do rabbis have the power to legislate new laws? And what prevents a rabbi from unilaterally changing the face of Judaism?

 

4. DEBATING THE DIVINE

The Talmud is filled with all kinds of debates. If the law is Divine, should there be any room for discussion? When there are differences of opinion, how do we determine the law? And why does the Talmud record opinions that were ultimately overruled?

 

5. June 2ND - LAWS THAT EXPIRE

While most Jewish practices are as relevant today as ever, some laws have reasons that no longer apply. When does a law expire? How is it revoked? And why might we choose to continue a practice even once its rationale is no longer relevant?

6. EVIDENCE FOR SINAI

Judaism encourages us to question. How do we know the Torah is true? Why was Maimonides so  convinced about the historic truth of the revelation at Sinai? Is there any empirical evidence to support his claim? 

Dr. Eugene Kontorovich
Professor of Law, Northwestern University

An extraordinarily sophisticated examination of Talmudic methodology, tackling the toughest questions about the nature and legitimacy of rabbinic law, combining high academic rigor with fundamental rooting in Jewish tradition.

Dr. Susan Handelman
Professor of English, Bar-Ilan University

This superb course will enable each participant to enter into the fascinating world of Talmud, sharpen his or her mind, and understand the foundations of Jewish law and its application to critical contemporary issues.

Dr. Jeremy Rabkin
Professor of Law, George Mason University

Anyone with an interest in legal reasoning should engage with the Talmud, which records some of the oldest and most subtle interpretations of fundamental law. Judaism Decoded offers a fine introduction to Talmudic methods.

 
 

 

 

Other courses from Chabad of West Bay 
 
How Happiness Thinks
A new 6 lesson course by the Jewish Learning Institute

 

Since the dawn of time, man has been ever-fascinated by the workings of the human brain.

Only recently, scientists have been discovering the underlying dynamics that shape and

influence our frame of mind--new ways to cope with anxiety and stress,

steps that we can take to crystallize our self-concept, and practical tools we can use to

build the resilience and grit to ride through any challenge life throws our way.

 

Surprisingly, Torah and the Talmud have for centuries advocated various approaches to

achieving happiness; ideas that are only now being confirmed through scientific observation.

How Happiness Thinks offers a Jewish roadmap to happier living.

Every lesson contains poignant insights into how our minds operate with practical steps

you can take to boost your happiness levels to places unimaginable.


 

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Fee: $60
Optional: $20 to keep text book
Scholarships available.

How Happiness Thinks will be accredited by the
American Psychological Association (APA) for 15 Continuing Education (CE)
 
 
To RSVP or for more information contact:
(401)884-7888 rabbi@RabbiWarwick.com