Rav Aaron Leibowitz in a two and half minute comment regarding Genesis, Rashi, and misguided Nationalism. Click here for video.
The Jerusalem post featured the Yerushalmim party, where Rav Aaron is a candidate, noting their fresh new vision for the city. The article can be read here. (JPost Premium Content).
Rabbi Mike Feuer: From Destruction To Reconstruction
Dates: 3 lectures: June 30, July 7, July 14
Location: Sulam Yaakov Be’er Sheva st 25 Nachlaot
Cost: 20 NIS per lecture; 50 NIS for the entire series.
Cracks of Light (June 30)
The Enlightenment heralded massive change across Europe. As the horizons of thought lifted and knowledge was freed from tradition, endless avenues for growth seemed to open before humanity. This was a new dawn for Am Yisrael as well. From the kabbalists, to the chassidim and through the students of the Vilna Gaon, the light of return began to spark within the heart of the nation. This class will examine the promise of the Enlightenment and the challenge it posed to the order established in Exile.
A New World Order (July 7)
The rise of reason in the 18th century as the new religion of Europe destroyed the previous social order built on tradition. The temporary structures offered by the Enlightenment and Emancipation were quickly subsumed into what became the guiding political principal which swept Europe – nationalism. This class will explore the ancient and modern roots of Jewish nationalism by engaging the question – what is a nation?
(Re)Birth of a Nation (July 14)
What is Zionism – romantic nationalism, a stage of world socialist revolution, fulfillment of a Gdly promise, or none of the above? At the turn of the 20th century the Zionist movement transitioned from thought to action, laying the foundations for the modern State of Israel. This class will engage the spectrum of visions which informed these achievements and ask how they left their mark on our society today.
Click on this link in order to see a full video of the “Shiur and Shmooze” rav Aaron gave titled ‘”Can I trust you? Kashrut, Social Dynamics and Jewish Unity”. http://youtu.be/KMmBzXJQGFE
Click on the link below for a ten minute video on Yerushalayim:
Interfaith Encounter Day for Religious Studies Students:
On this upcoming Thursday, March 7th, an interfaith seminar and tiyul is planned with Israeli Muslim students of Islamic studies. We plan to meet at 7:30 am and depart from Jerusalem, and return to Jerusalem at 1 pm. Breakfast will be provided on the bus.The seminar will take place at Yarkon National Park, near Petach Tikva, which extends over 3,250 acres, which includes theTel Afek (Antipatris) fortress overlooking the Yarkon springs, and the Yarkon sources, where the stream and its banks are rich in plant and animal life. Upon reaching the Yarkon National Park, we will meet a group of students of Islamic studies from Al Qasemi Academy, which is located in Baka Al Garbiya, near Hadera. Some of the male students in this program will go on to become imamim in Israel. The male and female students who will participate are between the ages of 18 and 23. The three-hour seminar will include icebreakers, a guided walk with a partner from Al Qasemi, and a group discussion.
Participants will be encouraged to discuss and share throughout the seminar. Transportation and lunch will be provided for registered participants. The seminar will be conducted in English and Hebrew, with translation provided. Participants should bring a hat and water.
About the Seminar Organizers:
The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD), based in Jerusalem, accesses the
Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) is the only rabbinic organization in Israel today that speaks about human rights in the voice of the Jewish tradition. The organization was founded in 1988, and today has over 100 members- ordained rabbis and rabbinical students. RHR is the only rabbinical organization in Israel in which Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Renewal rabbis work together. For more information on RHR please visit: http://rhr.org.il/eng/
The seminar is sponsored by Anne Frank Fonds, the British Shalom Salaam Trust, and The Julia Burke Foundation
Sunday February 17th 10 am
To Many Words: Why the Siddur is Broken and How We Can Fix It.
It is often assumed that a Halachic approach to prayer need fully embrace the traditional liturgy. The reality is that for most people this is not working. Rav Aaron will share experimental liturgical formats he has been playing with that may offer a solution. Discussion and experiential workshop.
Sunday February 17th 5:45 pm
Can I trust you? Kashrut, Social Dynamics and Jewish Unity.
Every Halachic statement and standard has a value behind it. We will study classic halachic texts and responsa on the subject of kashrut, unpacking the underlying values and exploring how they affect us today. An alternative Halachic application being pioneered in Jerusalem today will be presented and offered for discussion.