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Sixth & I

Thinking Jewishly: Ancient Jewish Wisdom for the Modern World

Session One: Torah as Revolution: How Judaism Changed the World

Oct 3, 2017 • 7:00 pm ET
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This session meets on Tuesdays, October 3, 10, 24, and 31. 

Before you can understand modern Jewish ethics, you first have to know how the Torah’s understanding of God, Shabbat, covenant, and responsibility forever changed the Ancient Near East.

In this class, delve into some of the most famous Jewish texts to illustrate how ancient values have informed our current democratic ideals. Explore questions such as: What does it mean to be created in God’s image? What is the difference between “ethical monotheism” and “monotheism?” What can Shabbat teach us about the basic principle of freedom? For whom are we ethically responsible? Does the biblical concept of covenant require us to care equally about Jews and non-Jews?

About this six-session series:

Being a Jew in the modern world is complicated. Over the course of a year, each session in this six-part series will focus on a different hot topic in modern Jewish thought. Uncover transformative Jewish ideas that have led our society closer to peace and justice while grappling with complicated ethical dilemmas provoked by our most ancient texts.

Even someone who went to Hebrew school may feel that the Torah isn’t relevant to their lives. This series aims to smash the idols of irrelevance and bring Jewish thought into the 21st Century. Through the exploration of key texts from the tradition, learn how to integrate ancient wisdom into everyday life.

Throughout the year we will explore questions such as: How can the Torah teach us to pursue justice and equality for all, while at the same time calling Jews the Chosen People? How do we understand our obligation to seek peace when the Torah is riddled with stories of war? Who gets to decide if I’m Jewish “enough”? What is the ideal relationship between politics and religion?

Who Should Sign Up?
This class is meant for anyone who is looking for a series of classes focused on Jewish philosophy and thought. If you have any previous Jewish education—Hebrew school, university classes, intro to Judaism classes at Sixth & I or elsewhere—this is a great way to explore some of the most challenging ethical dilemmas of the modern age. Basic knowledge of Jewish concepts and terms is helpful (but not mandatory) because this is not an introductory course. For questions, contact Rabbi Suzy.

Register for other upcoming sessions: Session TwoSession ThreeSession FourSession FiveSession Six