Ephemeral Meets Eternal: The God/Human Bond

Next Event: November 19, 2018 Somerville Free 0
“God Appears to Moses in Burning Bush” by Eugene Pluchart
“God Appears to Moses in Burning Bush” by Eugene Pluchart

This is not nearly as abstract as it sounds: Three text-based sessions where we’ll explore specific words that will lead us to discuss the unlikely connection between ephemeral humans and God the Eternal.

All classes are free. Feel free to come to any; there’s no requirement to attend all. All texts provided in Hebrew and English. Knowledge of Hebrew not required.

Session 1: “Question and Answers”

Three times in the Shabbat morning liturgy, we ask how we can possibly have a relationship with God the Eternal. Three different answers are provided. We’ll look at the three places in the liturgy where this happens, figure out what the questions and the answers are and discuss what we can learn from this.

Session 2: “Count on It”

There are a surprising number (no pun intended) of biblical Hebrew words that mean “to count.” We will look at verses containing these words to learn what each word means besides “to count.” We’ll discuss the cognitive skills necessary for counting and see how that informs our relationship with God.

Session 3: “Comfort Ye! Comfort Ye?”

The biblical Hebrew word that means “to comfort” also has some surprisingly different meanings. We’ll look at some verses to discover those meanings, examine other words that co-occur in those verses and figure out what this has to do with human behavior and our relationship with God.

About the Instructor

Instructor Aliza Arzt is a longtime Havurat Shalom member who enjoys teaching about Hebrew words. During the rest of her life she is a home care speech therapist, gecko keeper, aikido practitioner, potter and confirmed Shabbat napper.

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Every week on Monday, 7:30 pm - 8:45 pmLast event on November 19, 2018
Havurat Shalom
113 College Ave
Somerville, MA 02144
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