The Great Debates in Jewish History—Adult Learning

October 31, 2017 Boston $100.00 0
At the Rabbi's by Carl Schleicher (1825-1903)
At the Rabbi's by Carl Schleicher (1825-1903)

Join us for a fascinating course from the Jewish Learning Institute where we’ll relive together the EPIC debates of our past. Imagine that you were around 2,000 years ago; where do YOU see yourself?

  • Would you be pro-establishment, like the Pharisees? Or anti-establishment, like the sect who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?
  • Would you believe Judaism is a nationality and join those who took their lives at Masada? Or would you side with the moderates who settled to survive as a religion under Roman rule?
  • If you were around when Maimonides’s books were burned because of his rationalist views, which camp of the faith-vs-reason debate do you see yourself on?
  • If you had been expelled from Spain, might you have joined the active messianists who sought to renew the Sanhedrin and force the redemption?
  • If you were in Eastern Europe in the 1700s, would you side with Chasidism and the followers of the Ba’al Shem Tov? Or would you join its opponents?
  • And today, where do you stand on the issue of separation of church and state? Do you believe religion is something we should display in public? Or is it a personal and private affair to be kept out of the public eye?

These are but a few of the fascinating debates we’ll be reenacting!

The learning sessions will be held at Chabad of Downtown Boston for six consecutive Tuesday evenings, 7:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m., October 31-December 5.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Chabad of Downtown Boston Jewish Center
16 Piedmont St
Boston, MA 02116
$100.00 Per Adult

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