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great new course by the Jewish Learning Institute

Starting the week of Oct 22

Wrestling with Faith

Lesson 1, I Have Trouble Believing In G-d
Lesson 2, Does God really care?
Lesson 3, Jewish Beliefs Seem Primitive
Lesson 4, A Good G-d Who Does Bad Stuff
Lesson 5, Are Religion and Science at Odds?
Lesson 6, How Can I Relate to a G-d I Cannot See?

Can a finite human have an intimate relationship with an infinite G-d? If it is indeed possible, where do I start? 

Chabad Chai Center 3871 Post Rd, Warwick, 02886

6 Mondays
Beginning 10/22/2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

 

6 Wednesdays
Beginning 10/24/2018
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

 

TAMARISK 3 Shalom Dr, Warwick, 02886

6 Tuesdays
Beginning 10/23/2018
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

 

RSVP by texting or calling Rabbi Yossi Laufer (401) 447-8424

For more information visit us at www.myjli.com or call us at 401-447-8424

$70 for the course and $20 if you would like to keep textbook

Scholarships available

 

   
   

Course Overview

Most people, even the devout, struggle with beliefs about G-d. It is easy, for example, to affirm the basic tenets of Judaism during a prayer service, but when it comes to trusting G-d with our daily decisions, many share a secret, painful fear that G-d isn’t really looking out for them. Many of us have been brought up under the assumption that mainstream science is incompatible with our Jewish faith. So when we see compelling evidence for biological evolution, for example, we feel forced to choose between science and our faith. Wrestling with Faith was created to tackle questions like these—the “big issues” that keep people from an intimate relationship with G-d. The course acknowledges the often unspoken doubts and fears that all people share, and seizes their invitation for us to dig deeper for the answers.

Lesson 1
I Have Trouble Believing In G-d

There are many things about G-d that bother me—for starters, what is G-d? Besides, I can live perfectly well without Him: Why do I need Him in my life?

Lesson 2
Does God really care?

Many Jewish observances seem petty and burdensome, and they interfere with the way we choose to run our lives. Why can’t G-d just leave me alone?

Lesson 3
Jewish Beliefs Seem Primitive

G-d seems to espouse outdated beliefs such as the notions of a “chosen nation” and designated gender roles. Plus, He interferes with our choice of lifestyle.

Lesson 4
A Good G-d Who Does Bad Stuff

How can we understand and relate to G-d’s intimate and caring presence in our lives amid the experience of suffering and tragedy?

Lesson 5
Are Religion and Science at Odds?

How might a scientific person embrace beliefs that cannot be proven in a lab, or reconcile compelling evidence for the theory of evolution and the age of the universe with a literal reading of the Bible?

Lesson 6
How Can I Relate to a G-d I Cannot See?

Can a finite human have an intimate relationship with an infinite G-d? If it is indeed possible, where do I start?

 

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