Tuesdays with Torah
Same day: Tuesday.
Same time: Noon - 1:00 PM.
Same place: Wise Center.
Same topic: Torah!
Interpreting Cain and Abel
with Joseph Rosen, rabbinic intern
January 15, 22, and 29
This will be a three-part series looking at the Cain and Abel narrative in Genesis 4:1-17.
Within these verses, there are many gaps in the story for us to fill in to understand what it is trying to teach us. In the first session on January 15, we will work to find some of these gaps and in the next two sessions, we will explore different interpretations to explore different views of the text. We will also look at how these different interpretations of the story impact our lives as Jews.
Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice
with Courtney Anthony
February 5 and 12
For the past 400 years, Shakespeare’s play – which features the famously controversial Jewish character of Shylock – has sparked discussion about Judaism and antisemitism in Western culture. It has also raised questions that are still hotly debated: Is The Merchant of Venice an antisemitic play, or a play about antisemitism? Is Shylock a sympathetic character or a villain? How has the play continued to influence our society since it was first performed in 1605? Join us and add your voice to the discussion!
with Rabbi Thomashow
February 19, 26 and March 5
Study the texts that serve as a foundation for kashrut, mikveh, brit milah, and more. Then we’ll examine their historical practice, as well as ways they are being creatively reimagined to add meaning to modern practice.
Repairing the World from the Inside Out
with Rabbi Jan Katzew
March 12 and 19
We will study Jewish Ethical Literature – Mussar. How can we not only be human beings, but also humane beings – sensitive and empathetic, caring and sharing? We will explore what Bahya Ibn Pekuda (11th Century) termed “the duties of the heart”. In a world that seems to have lost its moral compass, you are cordially invited to find an ethical home.
Spirituality in Reform Judaism Over Time
with Rachel Gross-Prinz, rabbinic intern
March 26, April 2 and 9
How has the idea of ‘spirituality’ changed over time within Reform Judaism? We will travel from Germany, to the warmth of the American South, to the rush of the Big Apple to discover how a Reform Jewish sense of spirituality has changed over time and can influence our own search for meaning and insight today. We will uncover treasures from the American Jewish Archives along our journey!
The Evolution of Reform Jewish Lifecycles from the time of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise through Today
with Rabbi Thomashow
April 16, 23 and 30
How did our historic leader approach the life cycles of the Bris, B’nai Mitzvah, Weddings, and the Funeral? What has and what has not changed in 150 years? This course will also contextualize how what Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise did aligned with and departed from customary Jewish practice.
Commemorating the 200th Birthday of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise this year: His Legacy in our Own Time
with Rabbi Kamrass
May 7, 14, 21, and 28
As we mark the 200th birthday of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, Rabbi Kamrass will lead us in an exploration of the enduring legacy of the founder of Reform Judaism in America including:
• Little known Facts about the Life, the Thought, and the Issues to which Rabbi Isaac M. Wise brought his significant leadership- Political and Social Activism, Egalitarianism, Interfaith Work, Asserting Jewish rights in the midst of a Christian Religious Revival.
• Impact of Wise’s Thought on our Worship, Ritual and the Prayer Book.
• Beyond Reform: Rabbi Isaac M. Wise’s Impact on the Jewish World.
Questions? Alex Burte, Membership/Program Manager, 513-793-2556 or firstname.lastname@example.org