Join Rabbi Eliana for Jewish themed reading, again or for the first time. Our next titles will be The Amazing Adventures of Kevalier & Clay (November 21) and Without a Country (December 19). We will meet once to discuss each book. Read and join the conversation for as many or as few books as you like. Registration is preferred, but not required. Click here to RSVP (appreciated but not required).
Torah at Panera
8 – 9am Tuesday mornings
at the Porter Square Panera
Join us for these informal gatherings to discuss the weekly Torah portion. No Hebrew or previous knowledge is necessary, and you don't need to bring your own book. Come early if you wish to buy yourself coffee or breakfast so that we can start on time.
Martin Buber, Hasidism & Modern Man
taught by Darshan Phil Weiss
6 sessions, 9:30 – 11am Sundays
Oct 14, 21, 28; Nov 4, 11, 18
Martin Buber was a major Jewish existentialist philosopher, who had a significant influence on both Jewish and Christian theology in the 20th century. His thought was one of the central motivators of the Jewish renewal movement. His versions of Hasidic stories (and his theoretical presentations of Hasidism) emphasized the this-worldly and communal aspects of Hasidic life. Last year, we studied Buber’s seminal philosophical work I and Thou. This year, we’ll study Hasidism and Modern Man, one of his theoretical works on Hasidism (actually, a collection of independent theoretical essays). We’ll read the six essays in chronological order, rather than the order in which they are printed, to follow the development of Buber’s mature attitude toward Hasidism. Students should try to pick up a copy of the work and read, for the first class session, the earliest essay, “The Life of the Hasidim.”
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