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Study Opportunities

Mussar Class led by Rosalie Kurz
Wednesdays at 1:00 PM beginning on November 9 in the Klinghoffer Chapel

Mussar offers a group of tools that help us live our lives in harmony and peace, while incorporating gratitude and kindness. In this class, which welcomes all women including cisgender and transgender women, BZBI member Rosalie Kurz will guide us through Mussar methods including torah study, chavurot (group process), and midot (personal characteristics). This class will be held on Wednesdays in the Chapel from 1:00 – 2:00 pm through the end of January. The cost of the class will be $72 for members, and $100 for the community, please fill out the form here to sign up.

 

Zohar Study Group led by Rabbi David Greenstein 

Mondays, 8:00-9:15 PM, beginning on November 7 

Word by word, line by line, page by page, we follow the Zohar, the most precious book of Jewish mystical teachings, as it leads us along its paths of primordial wisdom. By turns profound, puzzling, shocking and amusing, the Zohar helps us, through our study and our open discussions, to taste of the Tree of Life. Our studies touch on such topics as the nature of God, the relationship between God and the world, the human soul, the purpose of life, Jewish traditions and their meanings, sexuality and holiness, good and evil, caring for one’s self and caring for others. The Zohar text is the English authoritative translation by Daniel C. Matt, The Pritzker Zohar, published by Stanford University Press. We will start with Volume III, Parashat Vayishlach (Zohar I:165b). The sessions are open to all.

This course will run on zoom every Monday throughout the academic year. The cost is $180 for BZBI members and $250 for community members. Click here to register.  The zoom link will be send upon registration.  If cost is a barrier to your participation, please contact Liat Kovnator.

David Greenstein has served the Jewish community as cantor, rabbi, educator and program/institution builder. He holds a BA (Philosophy) and MA (Talmud) from Yeshiva University, an MFA (Painting) from Queens College, and a PhD (Medieval Jewish Thought and Rabbinics) from NYU. Ordained at the pluralistic seminary, Academy for Jewish Religion, he also served there as a faculty member and as Rabbi-in-Residence, President and Rosh Ha-Yeshivah. A member of the Rabbinical Assembly, he has taught Rabbinic Studies and Zohar in rabbinical seminaries in North America and Europe as well as at the Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem, and at Neve Schechter, Tel Aviv. His writings have appeared in journals and books. His book, Roads to Utopia: The Walking Stories of the Zohar, was published by Stanford University Press (2014). He was the Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellow, Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University, for the academic year 2018 – 2019. An award-winning painter and a teacher of art, his work has been shown in the US, France and Israel and can be viewed at – https://www.greensteindavid.com.

 

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Adult Education with Rabbi Ira F. Stone

Exploring the Talmud as Philosophy
Mondays beginning October 24, 10:00-11:00 AM on Zoom

Starting at the beginning of the Talmud, the first chapter of Tractate Berachot, we will try to determine what philosophic questions the authors/editors of the Talmud were exploring and how and why the text came into being in such an idiosyncratic form. Tuition for BZBI members is $180, and the general community is $250.

Two Philosophic Books of the Bible
Tuesdays beginning October 25, 10:00-11:00 AM on Zoom

We will explore two later books of the Bible that consider deep philosophic issues.  First the Book of Ecclesiastes (Kohelet) and then the Book of Job. We will engage in close reading of the texts and also situate each book, as much as possible, in the context of the time they were composed. Tuition for BZBI members is $180, and the general community is $250.
Register here for either class. 

Wednesday Torah Study

Wednesday mornings on Zoom at approximately 8:30 AM following the morning minyan.

Rabbi Mort Levine leads an informal study session on Parshat HaShavua. Participants will utilize the English text and are encouraged to discuss and challenge its meaning and application. Come to one session or come to all.

Cost: FREE; No registration required.

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