December 22 - January 7, 2014 (*Subject to change)
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The JLE has earned the distinction of being the premier Jewish Learning program for more than 30 years because of the following thought-provoking classes and inspiring speakers:
Rabbi Yitchak Breitowitz
Rabbi Breitowitz was the rabbi of the Woodside Synagogue in Silver Spring, Maryland for decades as well as a former associate professor of law at University of Maryland. He received rabbinical ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical College and his law degree from Harvard Law School. He is currently a senior lecturer at Ohr Somayach Jerusalem.
Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb
Having received his Ph.D. at Brandeis University, Rabbi Gottlieb went on to become Professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. Today he is a senior faculty member at Ohr Somayach in Jerusalem. An accomplished author and lecturer, Rabbi Gottlieb has electrified audiences with his stimulating and energetic presentations on ethical, moral and philosophical issues.
- Belief In G-d
- Purpose of Creation
- Historical Verification of the Torah
- The Concept of the Chosen People
- Free Will
- Alternative Judaisms
- The Concept of Evil
- Where was G-d in the Holocaust
- Providence and Responsibility
- Mysticism, Meaning and Mitzvah
- Science and Judaism
- The Age of the Universe
- Nature & Miracles
- Cross Cultural Critique
- Anti Semitism
- Business Ethics
Rabbi David Kaplan
Rabbi Kaplan, originally from Chicago attended Northeastern University and received his rabbinical ordination in Jerusalem. He has lectured widely in Israel and America and is presently a senior lecturer in the Carla Schoen Institute of Ohr Somayach Jerusalem. His modern, streetwise approach to clarifying Jewish issues is an inspiration to people around the world.
- Basic Judaism
- Daily Ritual
- The Synagogue
- Teffilin, Mezuza, Kippa, Tzitzit
- The Cycle of Jewish Life i.Birth and Circumcision ii.Redemption of the First Born iii.Bar and Bat Mitzvah iv.Marriage and Divorce v.Death and Mourning · Between Man and Man i.Charity ii.Business Ethics iii.Laws of Slander & Libel iv. Honouring One's Parents
- Cycle of the Jewish Year
- Kashrut - The Jewish Dietary Laws
- Shabbat - Day of Rest
Rabbi Shlomo Wiener
Rabbi Wiener has been the Co-Director and Menahel Ruchani (Spiritual advisor) of the students of The Center For Judaic Studies from its inception. He places top priority to connect with every student in the program and to give them personal guidance to cultivate their full potential. He studied Torah for many years under the guidance of Torah luminaries such as HaGaon R' Aharon Feldman Shlita, R' Yisroel Ze'ev Gustman Z'l, and HaGaon R' Tzvi Kushalevski Shlita. Rabbi Wiener has 17 years of experience in teaching and guiding students from all backgrounds and utilizes this vast reservoir continuously while leading the Center Program.
Basic introduction to the written and spoken Hebrew language as well as classes for the intermediate and advanced levels
In small groups and tutorials, the participants will learn to analyze classical Talmudic, Biblical and philosophical works. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring the critical analytical skills that have marked Jewish scholarship throughout the centuries.