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You Be the Judge: Behind the Steering Wheel of Jewish Law

For over a thousand years, our most important cultural activity has been the study of Talmud. It has sustained us through persecution and exile, shaping the discourse of our people and serving as the crowning achievement of our intellectual tradition. Perhaps you have been curious about the Talmud, but thought it was complex and inaccessible to anyone lacking extensive training. Not anymore. Chabad Resource Center of Columbia University, Inc. is proud to launch “You Be the Judge,” an innovative introduction to this magnificent work. You need no prior knowledge of the Talmud and no formal legal training. There are no prerequisites other than an open mind. “You Be the Judge” presents you with real cases brought before Beit Din, the court system of Jewish law. We provide the primary source texts from Talmud and put you in the driver’s seat. You will have the opportunity to question, discuss, and argue, based on principle and precedent. You will experience firsthand the exhilarating mental exploration that characterizes traditional Talmud study. Join us this fall in the ancient study halls of Jerusalem and Babylonia. Add your voice to other voices that span the millennia. You take the lead. You Be the Judge.     More...

From Sinai to Cyberspace: How Ancient Wisdom Guides a Modern World

A lot can change in 3,000 years. We’ve gone from camel backs to Cadillacs, and have entered a world of fast-paced technological advance. We’ve gone from a Jewish world marked by prophets and pilgrimages to a world where students study Torah in cyber-classrooms and rabbis address ethical question posed by organ transplants.

Yet the elemental questions about our tradition remain the same. How do we know what G‑d wants of us in this world? Do we have any evidence that the Bible text is divine and true? How can we understand its cryptic passages? Why are the rabbis so concerned with minute details? Who has the right to interpret the Bible? How do we adapt its laws to modern times and changing influences?

The answers to these questions are addressed in “From Sinai to Cyberspace". Newly revised on the basis of feedback from students like yourself, this interactive course promises to intrigue and inspire as you explore the history and development of Jewish law and tradition.

The journey “From Sinai to Cyberspace” represents the inner story of our lives and of our people. We invite you to join us for the ride.     More...

Tier II Course Studies in Talmud: Matters of Life and Death

Recording hundreds of years of rabbinical debate and discussion in Israel and Babylonia, the Talmud is the foundation of traditional Jewish scholarship. Tier II’s Studies in Talmud draws you into the Talmudic fray through original texts and lively presentations of essential subjects from across the spectrum of Jewish life. The course will trace the source of both common ritual practice and civil law from scriptural roots through modern application. Studies in Talmud will illuminate familiar territory as you will be introduced to a panoramic view of the genius of Jewish thought throughout the centuries.     More...

The Kabalah of Time

Examine time and the Jewish calendar through the mystical lens of Kabbalah. Time is a profound organizing element of our existence, and the cycle of the Jewish calendar provides a powerful template for personal growth.

Discover both a practical understanding of the structure of the Jewish calendar as well as mystical insights into recurrent patterns of time.     More...

Beyond Never Again: The Holocaust - A View from the Soul

Explore the ways in which the Holocaust continues to affect our generation and colors what it means to live as a Jew today.

The Holocaust forces us to grapple with the existence of evil and suffering. It challenges us to find faith and optimism in the face of devastation and despair. And it awes us as we encounter heroes of the spirit who fought for truth and decency in the darkest of times.     More...

The Messiah Mystery: Toward a Perfect World

No idea in human history has inspired so much hope or ignited so much debate.  It is the dream that has motivated prophets, poets, sages and mystics. It is the basis for the beliefs of billions across the globe.

What is this Jewish ideal, “Mashiach” – the Messiah?  Where is its source?  When did it become so important to Judaism?  Why?  How is it relevant to the here and now?     More...

Men, Women & Kabbalah: Wisdom and Advice From the Masters

Viewed through the prism of Kabbalah, gender is an essential quality of the cosmos. From mystical secrets of reincarnation to practical tips on enhancing relationships, Judaism’s ancient teachings will bring new depth in understanding life’s most challenging issues.     More...

Biblical Reflections: Finding your Self in the Stories of Genesis

The universal figures in the Book of Genesis provide profound lessons for the human experience that transcend time and culture.  This fall, find your own reflection in eight weeks of passion, pleasure, trial and triumph—as we explore the greatest stories the world has ever known.     More...

Soul Power: Shedding New Light on Self and Relationships

For over 3000 years, Torah wisdom has illuminated a path to inner tranquility, personal growth and enriched relationships. For eight weeks, join us as we explore a timeless road to living life at its fullest.    More...

Kabbalah Rhythms: A Spiritual Roadmap to Higher Living

Exploring the inner core of Judaism and the inner core of your own soul. What are we about in the world, who is G‑d, and what does G‑d want from us? Learn how to reengineer your Jewish life in the light of the answers you will discover.

Join us for eight weeks of spiritual exploration that will cast new light and bring new life into everything you do.     More...

Seasons of the Soul: The Jewish Life Cycle

A passionate journey of dramas and joys, your soul's course through the Jewish life cycle is a wondrous tale of discovery, meaning and fulfillment.  Join us for eight weeks of life, love, family, and renewal – as we explore the Seasons of the Soul.     More...

Journey of a Nation: The Miracle of Jewish Survival

Discover the magnificent spirit of the Jewish people through the ages as we experience the tragedy and triumph of Jewish History.     More...

Jewish Essentials: A Spiritual Guide to Jewish Life and Learning

What we do and why we do it. The body of Judaism and the soul within. This eight-week course will investigate the sources and meaning of the essential elements of active Jewish life.     More...

Talmudic Ethics: Timeless Wisdom for Timeless Dilemmas

From Internet privacy and corporate scandals to abortion and euthanasia – our lives are filled with difficult, often gut-wrenching ethical dilemmas. Perplexed? Come discover new ways to navigate the moral sea as we examine some of today’s toughest questions in the light of the Torah – Judaism’s ethical and moral compass for over three thousand years.     More...

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