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February 2019

Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Solel, 6805 E McDonald Dr
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 United States
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A bestselling author and rabbi’s profoundly affecting exploration of the meaning and purpose of the soul, inspired by the famous correspondence between Albert Einstein and a grieving rabbi. “A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings as something separate from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness...” —Albert Einstein When Rabbi Naomi Levy came across this poignant letter by Einstein…

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Telling our Own Stories/Creating Our Own Memories: How Stories From Torah Enlighten the Past and Guide the Future

February 24 @ 3:00 pm
Temple Kol Ami, 15030 N 64th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85254 United States
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In this study session/workshop, we will have a chance to examine the telling and re-telling of stories from our tradition. We will also better understand how our telling of stories-sacred and secular, individual and communal--strengthens our bonds to the past, enlightens our present, and informs our actions for the future. This event is produced by Temple Kol Ami and proudly co-sponsored by Valley Beit Midrash. Please contact Temple Kol Ami with any questions.

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Women’s Voices in the Talmud

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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In general, only men issue halakhic statements in the Talmud. But women appear often in anecdotes about how the law was carried out. A close reading of some short anecdotes reveals that women took the law into their own hands and made changes in it for personal reasons. By looking closely at some of these anecdotes, we will see the kinds of changes women made in the law and the reasons for these changes. Text handouts in Hebrew and English.…

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The Moral Obligation to Speak Out in the Face of Wrongdoing

February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jewish Community Foundation, 12701 N Scottsdale Rd #202
Scottsdale, AZ 85254 United States
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A wonderful sugya in Bavli Shabbat (54b-55a) takes up the question of what to do when one sees people misbehaving, whether they are government officials or neighbors, whether they are breaking religious or civil law. Via anecdotes and midrashim, a very demanding moral principle emerges. ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: Rabbi Judith Hauptman is the E. Billi Ivry Professor (emerita) of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. She is the first woman to be awarded a…

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March 2019

Thou Shalt Be a Mensch: The Jewish Line Between Law and Ethics

March 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jewish Community Foundation, 12701 N Scottsdale Rd #202
Scottsdale, AZ 85254 United States
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Kasher

In perhaps no other religious tradition does Law hold more central place than it does in Judaism. In their founding code, The Mishnah, the rabbis mapped out a system of laws that are meant to regulate nearly every sphere of human life. Yet of out 63 tractates there is one - Avot - that does not seem to dictate legal obligations, but simply to advise good behavior. What is the role of this exceptional volume in the larger work of…

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The Torah of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Congregation Or Tzion, 16415 N 90th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 United States
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Kasher

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of our great American heroes, was a uniquely gifted orator. His speeches are breathtaking performances, by any standard. But heard through Jewish ears, they strike particular chords of resonance. For King was able to effortlessly weave in references to the Hebrew Bible that evoke classic moments from the Jewish narrative. By turning back to reflect on those passages, we can gain a deeper understanding of King's message, and the ways in which he was…

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A Father’s Story: My Fight for Justice Against Iranian Terror

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Temple Kol Ami, 15030 N 64th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85254 United States
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Flatow

This is the story of one brave father's determination to bring his daughter's murderers to justice through the American justice system. Stephen M. Flatow says he was "just a real estate lawyer in New Jersey" until April 9, 1995. Flatow's life changed that day when he learned his daughter Alisa, a twenty-year-old college student traveling in Israel, had been the victim of a terrorist bus-bombing. After he discovered the Iranian government had directly sponsored the bomber, Flatow decided to sue…

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Why Now, Why Here: Anti-Semitism in America

March 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Temple Solel, 6805 E McDonald Dr
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 United States
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This presentation with power point focuses on the recent and rapid rise in anti-Semitism and seeks to explain why this is happening. ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: From June of 2006 until June of 2010, Dr. Steven Windmueller served as the Dean of the Los Angeles Campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. In March of 2009, he was appointed to the Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Chair in Jewish Communal Service. In 1995 Steven Windmueller was named the Director of the…

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