A 6 lesson course by JLI on the evolution of Jewish teachings throughout history
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?
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?
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05/11/2015 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
$60.00 (Text book $20 optional)
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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.
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.
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?
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
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.
courses from Chabad of West Bay
How Happiness Thinks
6 lesson course by the Jewish Learning Institute
Since the dawn of time, man has been ever-fascinated by the workings of the human
Only recently, scientists have been discovering
the underlying dynamics that shape and
frame of mind--new ways to cope with anxiety and stress,
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
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
can take to boost your happiness levels to places unimaginable.
---------- Fee: $60 Optional: $20 to keep text book Scholarships available.
How Happiness Thinks will be accredited
Psychological Association (APA) for 15 Continuing Education (CE)
To RSVP or for more information contact: (401)884-7888 rabbi@RabbiWarwick.com