Date: February 25, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens
5221 Hood Road
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Torah for Radicals
Rabbi David Hartman z”l had a philosophy that encouraged Jews to look at their ancient texts with new eyes and a sense of ethical independence. In this course, we will look at three classic Jewish texts and examine them with a fresh perspective in the Hartman style: 1) The death of Aaron’s sons - Nadav and Abihu – and Aaron’s radical response; 2) The amazing Talmudic tale of Kamza and Bar Kamza and its connection to the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem; and 3) The concept of God Manipulation as expressed in the Binding of Isaac and other Rabbinic sources. Provocative, controversial, and perhaps even slightly heretical at times, our discussions will add new meaning to your understanding of these important stories in our Tradition, as well as how they can add insight into the way we live our lives today.
Rabbi Michael Resnick was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in May of 1996, where he also received a Masters in Rabbinic Theology. While still in Rabbinical School, he was the Student Rabbi at the Jewish Home & Hospital for Aged in New York City. In addition, as part of his rabbinic training, Rabbi Resnick was privileged to live in Jerusalem for two years. Before his appointment at Temple Emanu-EI of Palm Beach, he served for eight years as the Rabbi of Adat Shalom in Los Angeles, California. A native of Los Angeles, he is an alumnus of California State University, Northridge, receiving his B.A. in Clinical Psychology in 1981.
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