'The Jewish Course of Why' coming up: East Jefferson religion news briefs
The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present "The Jewish Course of Why, the institute's new six-session winter ourse.
Rabbi Mendel Ceitlin of Chabad Jewish Center will conduct the six course sessions at noon and 7:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 16 at Chabad Jewish Center, 4141 W. Esplanade Ave, Metairie.
The course spans a diverse range of topics, from fun, light and off-the-beaten-track questions, to more complex and controversial issues. Some of the course's 50 questions include: Why are there so many Jews in Hollywood? Why do Jews eat gefilte fish and cholent and wish each other mazal tov and l'chaim? Why does the Bible sanctions slavery and animal sacrifices? What is the cause of antisemitism? What does Judaism say about Christianity and about the role of women in Jewish life? In addition to the above, the course offers insight into mysterious Jewish practices, strange biblical narratives, and enigmas of Jewish identity.
Like all previous JLI programs, the course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.