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
March 21 Purim: Turning the World Upside Down Rabbi Latz