Sample Lectures | Weekend Programs | Commentary and Debate
The Book of Job- This dramatic story shows two very different ways to believe in God. Is it a dramatic portrayal of the power of a benevolent God? Or does it argue that God is the strength of the universe, without any notion of benevolence or personal involvement with mankind. We’ll look at some of the challenges in understanding ancient texts, and how we find our meaning.
Understanding the Sh’ma and V’ahafta-This central prayer in Jewish practice expresses the commitment to a monotheistic God. Is it a supernatural God? Is it the god of the physical universe? How is it directing us to act? We’ll look at the text carefully, and the origin of some of the key words to understand deeper ways to understand and prayer these key prayers.
Spirituality for the non-believer—What is spirituality? Does it require that one believe in a God which is supernatural, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, and benevolent? This talk will introduce spirituality based in the awe, beauty and wonder of the real world, and on the measureable effects of meditation. We'll see how spirituality and religion can coexist with science and rationality.
Jews in Jail (with Chaplain Linda Seidman)- Yes, there are Jews in jail. We’ll discuss the experiences of Jews who have been incarcerated as they search to understand themselves and Judaism, and thereby to find repentance and to build the spiritual strength to reenter the world and the Jewish community as healthy, free individuals.