Jewish Sparks - Unit 2 - Sparks of Peoplehood

  • January 25, 2016
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Shir Tikvah

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  • Jewish Sparks

    Mondays, 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Shir Tikvah

    Inside every Jew, the Rabbis teach, is a n’kudah tovah – a spark of holiness, goodness – a unique gift that no one else in the world has. The mystics explain that this is a spark of divine holiness, the chamber of our souls. What are those sparks in inside us that animate Jewish life? What are those words of our tradition that ignite hope and the call to justice? The spark that demands we confront fear with compassion, that we make our world a better place for our children and the creatures of the earth? Those of us who grew up in the liberal Jewish world may not have learned – or remembered – much about the richness of Jewish life, or how our Jewish traditions can nourish our daily lives and work in the world.

    This survey course is appropriate for those who want to know more about their Jewish heritage and those exploring conversion. Each session will have at-home reading to prepare in advance, so that when we meet we can go deeper into the topics and how they relate to our lives and world today. The course will unfold over four 7-session units, each of which will cover some of the foundations of Jewish literacy. The series may be taken together or individually. Details on the Shir Tikvah website.

    Taught by Rabbis Latz and Rappaport.

    Mondays, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

    Unit 1 SPARKS OF TIME & SOUL (Fall 2015) October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14

    Unit 2 SPARKS OF PEOPLEHOOD (Winter 2016) Feb 1, 8, 22, 29; March 7, 14, 21

    Unit 3 SPARKS OF HISTORY, PAIN, & JUSTICE (Spring 2016) April 4, 11, 18, May 2, 9, 16, 23

    Unit 4 SPARKS OF REDEMPTION & RENEWAL (Fall 2016) September 12, 19, 26, October 10, 17, 24, 31

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Jewish Sparks

Mondays, 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Shir Tikvah

Inside every Jew, the Rabbis teach, is a n’kudah tovah – a spark of holiness, goodness – a unique gift that no one else in the world has. The mystics explain that this is a spark of divine holiness, the chamber of our souls. What are those sparks in inside us that animate Jewish life? What are those words of our tradition that ignite hope and the call to justice? The spark that demands we confront fear with compassion, that we make our world a better place for our children and the creatures of the earth? Those of us who grew up in the liberal Jewish world may not have learned – or remembered – much about the richness of Jewish life, or how our Jewish traditions can nourish our daily lives and work in the world. 

This survey course is appropriate for those who want to know more about their Jewish heritage and those exploring conversion. Each session will have at-home reading to prepare in advance, so that when we meet we can go deeper into the topics and how they relate to our lives and world today. The course will unfold over four  7-session units, each of which will cover some of the foundations of Jewish literacy. The series may be taken together or individually. Details on the Shir Tikvah website.

Taught by Rabbis Latz and Rappaport.

Mondays, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Unit 2 SPARKS OF PEOPLEHOOD (Winter 2016) January 25, February 8, 22, 29; March 7, 14, 21


Overview of Unit 2: Sparks of Peoplehood and Mysticism

January 25                         Tu B’Shvat; friends, family, community welcome              Rabbi Rappaport

February 1                          Dying, Death and Mourning                                                        Rabbi Rappaport

February 8                          Weddings and Children                                                                 Rabbi Latz

February 14                        (NO CLASS – PRESIDENTS’ WEEKEND)

February 22                        Mysticism 1: Kabbalah                                                                   Rabbi Rappaport

February 29                        Mysticism 2: Hasidism and Neo-Hasidism                              Rabbi Rappaport

March 7                                Modernity and the Jews (History and its Implications)    Rabbi Rappaport

March 14                             Jewish Movements - 19th Century to Today                         Rabbi Rappaport

                                                Halakhah

March 21                             Purim: Turning the World Upside Down                                 Rabbi Latz


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