How Ancient Wisdom Guides a Modern World

The 3000-Year Odyssey of Torah & Jewish Law


Session I
Four Tuesdays: March 6 - March 27
7:30 - 9:00 PM

Session II
Four Tuesdays: April 17 - May 8
7:30 - 9:00 PM

Registration Fee
$36 per person
(includes materials)
Scholarships Available
(No one will be turned away for lack of funds)

To register or for more information:
Call 853-9200

Session I

  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

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Session II

  1. Power of the People
    Rabbinic Legislation
  2. Living With the Times
    Torah Meets the Modern World
  3. The Poetic License
    Multiple Layers of Torah Interpretation
  4. 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!

 •   Isn’t it a mistake to think the Torah cares more about laws than human decency?
 •   Is the Torah a living document or a sealed book?
 •   Who gave the Rabbis authority?
 •   Is there a need for an Oral Law? Couldn’t everything have been written?
 •   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
8707 W. State St.
Boise, ID 83714

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