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Beyond Dispute

Sunday, November 1, 2020 14 Cheshvan 5781

10:00 AM - 11:00 AMvia Zoom

Debates—philosophical, spiritual, ethical, and cultural—are at the heart of Judaism and Jewish life. Are religion and reason compatible? Can Jewish law change based on context? How do we teach and talk about the Holocaust and the State of Israel? Should we prioritize Jewish causes or universal causes in our giving? Is Jewish tradition intrinsically patriarchal and ableist? Is our relationship with God defined by human obligation or divine compassion?

Beyond Dispute is a comprehensive toolkit that allows rabbis and educators to bring adult learners into a substantive, text-based exploration of how these debates have been manifested over the course of Jewish history, and to lead rich discussion about their continued resonance for contemporary Jewish life. The course enables teachers and students alike to go beyond the conflicts themselves to uncover the essential questions that underlie them, and to build a more inclusive view of the Jewish past, present, and future.

This course was produced by the Jewish Theological Seminary and includes texts and videos with JTS professors on each of the 11 different topics. Rabbi Horwitz will guide the class through this engaging curriculum.

If you are interested in joining this class, please reach out to Lisa Unsell (  Registration closes after the 11/8/20 class.

Click here to find the handouts for the class.

Click here to watch the recordings of previous classes.


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