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Tikkun Lael Shavuot
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Tikkun Lael Shavuot

May 28 - May 29 2020

Register here for Tikkun Lael Shavuot at BZBI from 8:00 PM to Midnight on Thursday, May 28.

8:00 – 8:50 PM

Radical Religious Humanism: Sefer Nefesh HaHayyim

Rabbi Ira Stone

We will be introduced to the Kabbalistic theology of Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin. It articulates a radical responsibility for human beings for the maintenance of the Cosmos; exercising this responsibility through ethical behavior is the very meaning/reason for the existence of human beings, providing a full-blown humanism derived from a profound Religious world view.

Rabbi Ira Stone is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel

9:00 – 9:50 PM


Anne Albert, Ph.D.

Before the nineteenth century, the lines between home and synagogue (like those between home and work) were much less clearly drawn than they are today. Anne will look at the widespread phenomenon of synagogues located within private homes in premodern Europe and, through a close look at the Sephardi community of Amsterdam, talk about what it meant for a congregation to have a freestanding public building instead.

Anne Albert, PhD, is a historian of Jewish culture in early modern Europe, specializing in Spinoza’s Amsterdam. She is the Klatt Family Director for Public Programs at Penn’s Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies.

10:00 – 10:50 PM

Faces, Masks & Divine Light

Rabbi Annie Lewis

We are told that God speaks to Moses face-to-face and that Moses must wear a mask in the aftermath of this revelation. In this study session, we will explore the symbolism of faces in the Torah, human and Divine, hidden and revealed, and what this can teach us about connecting to the presence of God in our world.

Rabbi Annie Lewis is Associate Rabbi of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel

11:00 – 11:50 PM

Visions of Redemption

Rabbi Abe Friedman

Jewish tradition produced some of its most compelling visions of redemption not through triumph and glory but in times of profound dislocation and upheaval. We will look at a selection of texts and explore what they can teach us about the unprecedented times we find ourselves living through.

Rabbi Abe Friedman is Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel

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