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The Foundations of Judaism

The Foundations of Judaism: Faith, Peoplehood, Practice,
and Ethics with Rabbi Perkins

Tuesdays, October 19, 26 and
November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
 7:45 to 9:15 pm

This class will take place on Zoom

What are the foundations of Judaism? Many of us would probably identify religious faith as a central foundation. Judaism is, after all, a religion, right? And it’s common to say that believing in one G-d is a Jewish foundational belief. Other foundational beliefs may also come to mind. Curiously, even doubt plays a role in the foundation of Judaism. And argument -- even arguing with God – has an important role to play as well. In this class, Rabbi Perkins will share portions from a curriculum developed by The Hartman Institute designed to highlight how Jewish peoplehood, practice and ethics -- along with faith -- form the underpinnings or ‘foundations’ of Judaism. Based in Israel, the Hartman Institute is a Jewish educational center where Rabbi Perkins both studied and in the mid-2000s served as a Senior Rabbinic Fellow. This course is appropriate for all interested in adult Jewish study, whether or not they are experienced in this realm. In addition to primary and secondary texts (all of which will be available in English translation) the course materials will include videos and podcasts.

Thank you, Temple Aliyah Adult Education Committee


Saturday, November 27 2021 23 Kislev 5782