World Synchronized Lecture

Posted Monday, Jan 19th, 2009
Jewish Times-SJ

Hundreds of Jewish communities around the world will gather on Sunday, Jan. 25, to hear a live broadcast of an address by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, one of the greatest Jewish thinkers of all time. Rabbi Steinsaltz is the first of four speakers to address worldwide Jewry, in a series of four webcast lectures to be held in honor of the Jewish "Year of Gathering."

In Biblical times, the entire Jewish nation assembled every seven years in the holy temple courtyard, to hear the king address the people and exhort them in the study of Torah and service of G-d. "In our generation," explains Rabbi Avrohom Rapoport, "the Lubavitcher Rebbe has encouraged us to revisit the nearly forgotten tradition of these hakhel gatherings, and organize similar events to inspire and invigorate. One of the most fundamental aspects of hakhel [literally, "Assemble!"] was that it emphasized unity and included everyone: man,

woman and child. We thus hope to reach out and invite all Jews to participate, regardless of religious background or affiliation." The broadcast of the first lecture will take place locally in Margate at Chabad House, 8223 Fulton Ave. at 2:30 p.m. True to the theme of hakhel, the Unity Lectures are designed for people with all levels of Jewish knowledge, and participants don't have to have any

prior experience or background learning to attend and enjoy this series. All members of the community, regardless of affiliation, are invited to attend.

The Unity Lectures are a project of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI). JLI is the adult education arm of Chabad-Lubavitch, and offers courses and educational programs at over 300 locations worldwide.

For information, contact Avrohom Rapoport 609-992-4100.

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