You Be the Judge series starts tonight
Posted Monday, Feb 16th, 2009
A Denver murder story that took place in 1955 will be discussed at tonight's first You Be The Judge six week series - an adult education course organized by Chabad of NW Metro Denver.
The case surrounds John Gilbert Graham who on Nove-. 1,1955 placed sticks of dynamite in his mothers luggage on a United Flight 629 from Stapleton Airport in order to kill his mother, thereby allowing him to inherit her flight insurance and valuable estate. The bomb exploded over Longmont, killing all 44 passengers on board, including his mother.
The class will examine the case from a Jewish legal perspective and see whether Mr.Graham would have been eligible for the inheritance according to Jewish law.
Over the next six classes JLI's You Be the Judge II will present students with real cases brought before beit din, the court system of Jewish law, and compares Talmudic analysis with the contemporary approach taken in United States courts. Topics include business ethics, property rights, and employment practices, and each lesson provides an opportunity to question, discuss, and argue, based on principle and precedent. You Be The Judge II allows attendees to challenge conventional notions of right and wrong, and experience firsthand the exhilarating mental exploration that characterizes traditional Talmud study.
Class instructor Rabbi Benjy Brackman who is from London, England and not old enough to remember the plane crash story that made national headlines, came across the story just recently when the Rocky Mountain News ran it as an archive special. "When I saw the story I felt that this would be a great way to open up the class discussion with a local angle" says Brackman.
The class will be given tonight from 7: to 8:30 pm at the College Hill Library in Westminster on 112th Ave. For more information class please call 303.429.5177.
Members of the media are invited to attend a local class and/or interview local course facilitators in advance. To arrange an interview, to visit an upcoming class, or for further information, please contact Rabbi Benjy Brackman on 720-984-805.