How Ancient Wisdom Guides a Modern World

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The 3000-Year Odyssey of Torah & Jewish Law

An EIGHT-WEEK Course Beginning July 13

7:00 - 9:00 PM

All classes will be held on Tuesday, except for Lesson 2, which will be held on Thursday, July 22 (Tuesday is Tisha B'Av).
Class dates are: July 13, 22, 27. August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.

Registration Fee
$80 per person
(includes materials)
Scholarships Available
(No one will be turned away for lack of funds)

If you have never attended a fee-for-registration course at the Chabad Jewish Center, this course is complimentary, just sign up!

To register or for more information:
Call 853-9200


Course Content 

  1. The Bible & Beyond: An Overview of the Written & Oral Law
  2. Isn’t the Bible Enough?: Is the Oral Tradition Necessary?
  3. Mouth to Mouth: The Risks of an Oral Tradition
  4. Point & Counterpoint: Talmudic Debate Exposed
  5. Power of the People: Rabbinic Legislation
  6. Living With the Times: Torah Meets the Modern World
  7. The Poetic License: Multiple Layers of Torah Interpretation
  8. A Man-Made System?: How Can We Know the Torah is True?

Classes are open to the public.  No membership, affiliation, background or experience is required.


If you find yourself wondering about any of the following questions, this course is for you!

 •   Does G‑d care more about ritual laws or human decency?
 •   Is the Torah a living document or a sealed book?
 •   Who gave the Rabbis authority?
 •   If it's not written explicitly in the Torah, why did the Rabbis invent it?
 •   How do we know there is an Oral Tradition?
 •   Why does Jewish law differ so much from what’s written in the Torah?
 •   What role do customs play in Jewish law?
 •   How can Jewish law be relevant in today’s modern society?
 •   Who are the present-day deciders of Jewish law?
 •   What role does the Talmud play in determining Jewish law?
 •   How can I find my creative space within the Torah?
 •   What secrets lie beneath the surface of the Torah’s words?
 •   Isn’t a 3000-year-old tradition subject to some ‘broken telephone’ along the way?
 •   Does G‑d really care about details like separating milk and meat?
 •   Why did the Rabbis disregard the teachings of the Sadducees and Karaites?
 •   What are the principles for understanding the Torah and its laws?
 •   How can one differentiate between Torah law and Rabbinic legislation?
 •   Can we verify the truth of the Torah?

All classes will be held at the
Chabad Jewish Center
3813 W. State St.
Boise, ID 83703


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