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This year we will study material from the first chapters of Bava Batra (in the Artscroll Talmud available at West Side Judaica or online) about the duties that neighbors have regarding each other's property. These sections will have interesting implications for economic competition, environmental safeguards and communal welfare in the modern age.Find out more »
Nowadays, strict Kashrut is less common than among our ancestors: only 31 percent of American Conservative Jews keep Kosher homes. But the need to sanctify our eating is as spiritually crucial as ever. In this series, we will discuss the classical norms as well as basic choices people might make to incorporate mindfulness, ethics and traditional Jewish norms into their lives. Even for those who do not keep strict Kashrut, there are many mitzvot to do. Judaism is never "all…Find out more »
High School students are welcome to join the bi-weekly Tuesday class with Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Sam Hollander. Spring Semester: The Jewish People, America, Zionism, and Judaism How is Judaism like a religion, comparable to Christianity and Islam? How is it like a nation, comparable to France or Japan? For us American Jews, what is our connection to the modern state of Israel and to an ancestral homeland? Pizza will be served. Click here to register. For more info contact Sam.Find out more »
Melila Hellner-Eshed is a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. She has taught for the past 25 years Jewish mysticism and Zohar at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and serves on the faculty of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality. She has been teaching and working with Jewish communities around the world. Her publications include A River Flows from Eden: The Language of Mystical Experience in the Zohar (Stanford University Press, 2009) and her new book "Seekers of…Find out more »
Chatati Is The Hardest Word Join us for Selichot services this Saturday, September 1. Our study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky begins at 10 pm, when we will reflect on our ritual confessions and personal apologies. What do we say? To whom? What do we include? What do we omit? The study session will include a writing exercise on personalizing confessions. Then, at 11 pm, please join Hazzan Hirschhorn, along with our long-time friends, AC member Mike Cohen on woodwinds and percussionist Ronnen…Find out more »
The Secret Mysticism of the Talmud Generally, Talmud is the least esoteric sort of Jewish wisdom. The Sages' care mostly about often very mundane law, like property disputes and kashrut. But Talmud also has its own occult lore. This year in Wednesday night Talmud we will study the second chapter of Tractate Hagigah, which you can purchase on-line, or through our dear friends at West Side Judaica. We'll read stories of mystical rabbis, and we will supplement the Talmud's material…Find out more »
Join Rabbi Yael for a deep dive into the ancient ritual of mikvah. We will demystify this mysterious Jewish space by exploring traditional and contemporary, creative uses of mikvah. How can mikvah be used as a ritual for healing, or to mark the passage of time and life transitions? This class may be for you if you are curious about mikvah, or if you want to experience mikvah for the first time with a supportive community. Or, this class may…Find out more »
EARLY MORNING STUDY WITH RABBI KALMANOFSKY The tradition of Jewish wisdom stretches back millennia, to times and places unimaginably different from our own. Sometimes we can apply ancient wisdom to modern problems, and sometimes that's not so easy. Each month we will study modern rabbinic attempts – mostly heterodox, sometimes more traditional – to answer today's questions, in areas like medical, social, economic, and political ethics. Second TUE of the month at 8:15AMFind out more »
Is the Torah Patriarchal? If so, then What?
The Bible comes from a non-egalitarian society and is filled with accounts – some beautiful, some disturbing – about sex and gender. Please join Rabbi Amy Kalmanofsky, Bible professor from JTS, to study what Jews today do with the canon we’ve inherited.