Seforno’s Torah Commentary: Renaissance Brilliance, Human Sensitivity and Narrative Fidelity
JLE January – March 2013
Sessions 1 & 2: Introduction to Seforno's Commentary
Session 3: BeReishit
Tension, Awareness, and Holistic Self-understanding
Nachas Ruach Melave Malka 01/12/12
The Problem of Prayer – Memorial event for Rabbi Shmuli Kass
Shenley Jewish Community 18/11/12
How does Jewish Law Stay Relevant and Meaningful for Today and Beyond?
LSJS Nov – Dec 2012
From the LSJS website:
Halachah is the architecture of Jewish life. It guides our daily routine from what we eat and how we dress to what we say and how we treat others.
Yet surely the greatest modern challenge of Halachah has been its response to the dramatic and irreversible changes in society while staying true to our tradition.
This course takes on three cutting-edge modern concerns and shows how ancient sources and modern responsa address them in sensitive, coherent and innovative ways.
Session 1: Tekhelet and the Discovery of the Murex Snail
Session 2: Spontaneous Generation
I am indebted to Rabbi Natan Slifkin for his excellent material on this topic
Sessions 3 & 4: Using Electricity on Shabbat
The Quest for Authenticity, Contemplating the Abyss and the Value of Laughter
LSJS October – November 2012
Dostoevsky, whose ‘Crime and Punishment’ defines the psychological novel, and Rabbi Mordechai Yosef Leiner, the controversial Rebbe of Izbica, were contemporaries from entirely different worlds. Yet surprisingly, their writings address similar issues, reflecting the existential angst of their time. In this short series, Rabbi Belovski will compare the approaches of these two writers in areas such as death, laughter and the pursuit of authenticity.
Class 1: The Quest for Authenticity
Class 2: Contemplating the Abyss
Class 3: The Value of Laughter
Rashbam’s Torah Commentary: Creativity, Literalism and Peshat
JLE October – December 2012
Session 1: Introduction and BeReishit
Session 2: Rashbam and Peshat
Session 3: When Rashi opts for Derash
Session 4: Yishmael, Yitzchak and Akeidah
Session 5: Chevron and Yitzchak
Session 6: Adventures in Parashat Toldot
Session 7: The Avot and Mitzvot