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Tuesdays with Torah: Summer Edition

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Tuesdays with Torah: Summer Edition

June 2,9,16 The Novellas of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise Rabbi Thomashow A leader with many gifts, Rabbi Wise also wrote 10 novellas that were published in the Israelite over the span of a couple of decades. Some are in the genre of historical fiction and others are in the genre of mystery. All have Jewish sub-themes. We will explore two of his works over these three weeks. You will be surprised, delighted, and learn more about our namesake.
June 23 and 30 Maimonides’ 13 Principles of the Faith Jonathan Falco Maimonides was a leading medieval Jewish philosopher, rabbi, physician, as well as a father. Best known for his three major works: Commentary on the Mishnah, the Mishneh Torah, and Guide for the Perplexed, we’ll be examining his Introduction to Chapter 10 of Mishnah Sanhedrin in which he enumerates his 13 Fundamental Principles of Jewish Faith. Join us as we explore these most salient and enduring pillars of our tradition.
July 7, 14, 21 Jewish Law, Reform, and Medical Ethics Rabbi Danziger How do modern Jews, and Reform Jews, in particular, discern what Jewish law has to say about issues of science and medicine, some of which were unimaginable when the law was written?  Through the lens of issues such as transplantation, elective surgery, abortion, and genetic testing, we’ll explore intersections of science and religion, and of tradition and modernity.
July 28, August 4 Can Women Be Rabbis? A Retrospective Libby Fisher In 1972, Sally Priesand became the first woman to be officially ordained as a rabbi in America. While many of us know about this momentous occasion, did you know that this issue was being discussed as early as a hundred years beforehand? These sessions will focus on the history of American Jewish opinion on women in the rabbinate from HUC’s opening in 1875 to Rabbi Priesand’s ordination in 1972.
August 11, 18, 25 How one person changed the Jewish World:  Ben Yehuda and the Transformation of Hebrew into a Modern Language Rabbi Kamrass Discover the man who changed modern Jewish life by reviving an ancient language that had only been used for prayer and study for 15 centuries.   Eliezer Ben Yehuda, a fascinating character, had a clear vision: to create a modern language for a modern Jewish state and to unite the Jewish people.   Learn about his life, his passionate vision, the success, failures, and all that was involved in creating Hebrew as a modern, spoken language.