The period between 586 BCE and 70 CE saw a flowering of Jewish writing that resulted in new kinds of literary production that set the tone for Midrash and Talmud that followed. In this session we will look at a few examples of this fascinating literature, including works from the Dead Sea Scrolls, and discuss what contemporary Jews can learn from both the texts themselves and the interpretive processes that developed in this crucial period.
Whenever someone begins a sentence with the words "Judaism says," my figurative hearing aid goes off. The sages teach "Turn It and turn it again, for everything is in it." We will turn to some Jewish texts that range from surprising to vexing to perplexing.
Jerusalem and Israel are a constant in our liturgy and ritual. When a child is born, at a wedding, even at burial, Jerusalem and Israel are present. In the Birkat Hamazon, for every meal and in the daily prayers for rain or dew, Israel is present. What part does Israel play in our daily lives dwelling outside the land?
Learn about two successful congregational food justice programs: an edible garden that is helping attract new synagogue members and build stronger interfaith relations and an educational program that focuses on food, Judaism and sustainability.
A text based chevruta journey, inspired by Parashat Vayishlach and Yaakov's transition from Yaakov to Israel. Find out what Israeli poetry has to say about names, their meanings and the stories behind them.
The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying, "Phinehas, son of Eleazar son of Aaron the priest, has turned back My wrath from the Israelites by displaying among them his passion for Me, so that I did not wipe out the Israelite people in My passion." - Numbers 25:10-11