Torah for Elul
Session 1: Rebelling, Repenting, and Returning: Teshuva and Apostasy in Medieval Ashkenaz with Chaviva Levin, instructor in Medieval Jewish History, Yeshiva University; PhD candidate, New York University
3 Tuesdays, Sept 5-19, 7-8:15 pm, $25 JCC Members/$30 Non-Members JLEELU01U7
This series will explore the medieval Ashkenazi community's response to Jews who wanted to leave the community and those who had committed apostasy by converting to Christianity but wished to return to Judaism. We will look at the case of a young man wracked by guilt over his attraction to Christianity and the writings of a medieval Jewish apostate to see what we can learn about attracting people to and retaining them within a religious community.
Session 2: Teshuvah: Repairing Relationships with Friends, Spouses, Children and Parents With Rabbi Saul J. Berman, director of Edah
3 Tuesdays, Sept 5-19, 8:30-9:45 pm
This series will focus on Torah teachings about the character of healthy relationships. We will study biblical narratives and Jewish laws which reflect on some of the positive and negative elements in relationships with friends, spouses, children and parents, and examine the ways in which relationships can be repaired and strengthened within the framework of the principles of Teshuvah.
$25 JCC Members /$30 Non-Members JLEELU02U7
Both sessions: $40/$50 JLEELU01U7
Takes place at the JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave. between 75th and 76th Streets.
To register, call 646-505-5708 or surf to the JCC Registration Page