Rabbi Art Green says in his book “These Are the Words: A Vocabulary of Jewish Spiritual Life”: “’How do you say that in Jewish?’ was a frequently asked question of my childhood…A new language of international communication has emerged within the Jewish community. This will be an English spoken and written by and for Jews that will include elements of Hebrew and Yiddish vocabulary…[This book] is an attempt to create a vocabulary list for people who want a deeper understanding of Jewish life.”
In this course we will delve into some of the 149 Jewish words (Hebrew and/or Yiddish) that are the basic vocabulary for Jewish spiritual life. Each term is easily readable during the class and cries out to be opened up, discussed and understood more deeply.
We will unpack and explore the 1-2 page explanations for 149 terms spread out over the categories below—each of which is very robust, taking the reader through the various levels of the meaning of the term.
We will deepen and broaden our knowledge of Judaism in areas such as:
- God and the worlds above
- Torah, the texts and process
- Religious practice
- Spiritual life
- Community, life with others
- Holy things, places and times
The class will be taught through lecture, group discussion and hevruta (group) study of the individual terms.
Full class schedule: February 27; March 6, 13, 27; April 3, 10; May 1, 8, 15, 22. (No class on March 20, April 17 or 24. Please hold May 29 for snow/sick day.)
Financial aid is available thanks to generous support from CJP; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
About the instructor: Rabbi Richard “Rim” Meirowitz was ordained as a Conservative rabbi in 1975 and joined the Reform movement in 1989. Most recently he was the rabbi at Temple Shir Tikvah in Winchester from 1997-2014 and is now rabbi emeritus. He loves teaching adults. Last year he taught a course called “Judaism for Scientists, Skeptics and Agnostics.” He is presently finishing up a course on “Exploring Dying, Death and Life after Death.”
As a pulpit rabbi, Rim wants to teach to the hearts, minds and souls of his students. As Rim has found Judaism and Torah a way to live well, he wants to bring that to his adult students.
Rim and his wife, Anne, have been happy residents of Brooksby Village in Peabody since 2011 and are blessed with seven grandchildren under the age of 6.+ More... - Less...
* Registration closes on February 17th at 11:55 pm
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