“Engage in some Jewish study on a daily or weekly basis. Make sure you extract something from your next study session that has an impact on your daily behavior.”
– Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Jews are the original “lifelong learners.” According to some commentators Jews converse with God in two ways – prayer and study. When we pray, we talk to God. When we study, God talks to us. It is never too late to start studying.
According to tradition, the great sage Rabbi Akiva was an illiterate shepherd who did not begin to study until his wife encouraged him to begin even though he was already forty years old. We may not all be “Akivas” but we can all study no matter how old we are.
Together & Apart:
The Future of Jewish Peoplehood
A Shalom Hartman Video Lecture Series
TOGETHER & APART: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood explores one of the most pressing issues facing the Jewish world today — how we move from being a people with no permanent home to one with two permanent homes.
This series addresses the complex features of Jewish peoplehood inherent in our tradition and in our history. Who are we? What does it mean to be a member of the Jewish people? And what are some of the fundamental values that this encompasses? This course examines the contemporary forces challenging peoplehood, including nationalism, antisemitism, dual-loyalty, and identity politics, and imagines new conceptual frameworks that can help sustain and grow the story of our people for a new millennium.
This is an 14-unit course that includes video lectures and a round table video discussion with senior Hartman faculty, followed by in class discussions and text study led by Rabbi Todd.
The class will start January 20th at 7 pm. The class will be held on Zoom. Thereafter, the class will meet every Wednesday of the month, through April 2021.
The $20 registration fee, per person or couple, is for materials.
Please RSVP to the Temple office, 319-362-1261 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, January 4th.