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Sunday Morning Learning- Quad 1

Upcoming Sessions

1. Sunday, November 7, 2021 3 Kislev 5782

10:00 AM - 11:00 AMvirtual

2. Sunday, November 14, 2021 10 Kislev 5782

10:00 AM - 11:00 AMvirtual
Past Sessions
Sunday, October 24, 2021 18 Cheshvan 5782 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - virtual
Sunday, October 17, 2021 11 Cheshvan 5782 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - virtual
Sunday, October 3, 2021 27 Tishrei 5782 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM - virtual

In the Beginning: Jewish Origins

The Sunday Morning Learning curriculum is for the novice student in Judaism, the advanced, and everyone in between. The topics focus on the most profound building blocks of Judaism, and the conversation will reflect the scope of Jewish learning throughout the centuries. Jewish life has never been dull, and these Limud Sunday Morning conversations will showcase it in all its intensity...from independence to slavery, trauma to redemption. This first quad focuses on questions of Jewish origin and identity, as well as the foundations of Jewish prayer and theology.

Following are the VIRTUAL program dates and topics.

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Sunday, October 3 
Who are the Jewish People?
Throughout the ages, many scholars and experts have disagreed on the most fundamental of questions: Who are the Jews and what is Judaism? Why has Hebrew accompanied us for so many thousands of years, and why is it still relevant today? Together, we will explore these basic, yet complex questions, weaving in personal stories as we delve into some of Judaism's most profound texts. We will discuss the fundamental pillars of God, Torah, and Israel, as well as dive into the complexities involving Jewish identity and peoplehood. If you missed our first session, click here for a recording.

Sunday, October 17
People of the Book
What does it mean to call ourselves Am HaSefer, the People of the Book? How has this affinity for the written word accompanied us throughout the centuries and solidified our existence and continuity on the global stage? In addressing these questions, we’ll conduct a survey of the major books of the Jewish tradition: the Tanach (Hebrew Bible), Talmud, Midrash, Codes and Commentary, as well as Responsa. Far from historical relics, these books continue to inform and influence Jewish thought and contemporary religious practice.

Sunday, October 24
Jewish Prayer and Synagogue
Prayer is, undoubtedly, one of the most recognizable practices of Judaism, but what defines it at its core? Must prayer follow a defined path? Is there a difference between a prayer and a blessing? Can I pray individually or must it be in a group of 10? Join us as we delve into some of the defining features of Jewish prayer. As well, we will discuss the key features of a sanctuary and synagogue. Even those who consider themselves regulars at Sinai services will have much to learn (and share) in this stimulating discussion.

Sunday, November 7
Biblical Matriarchs and Heroines
Even though the crucible through which the Bible came into existence was a strictly patriarchal society, female voices are strong and abundant throughout the intense drama of the Bible. Join us as we discuss some of the female protagonists and prophetesses, and gauge the major impact they had on society. Without their ingenuity, drive, courage, and humor, the Bible would not have attained its deserved status as a monumental work of faith and literature. In examining the legacies of these heroines, we will come to better understand the true strength of the eternal Jewish People.   

Sunday, November 14
Jewish Theology (What Do We Believe?)
There is likely no topic which fosters as much uncertainty and consternation as Jewish theology. Is it possible to explain Jewish theology in clear, easy to understand terms? We’ll discuss the fundamentals of Jewish theology including God, Brit (covenant), Chosenness, Holiness, Mitzvah, and Halacha (Jewish law). Although theological perspectives vary amongst Jews, looking at it together we can demystify and elucidate some of the key ideas. No question is too big (Heaven? Afterlife? Original sin?) or small (actually...they’re all kind of big!) Join us and we’ll figure it out together.

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