New course at Chabad Jewish Center to explore the origins of Judaism

Posted Friday, Apr 24th, 2015

Beginning this May, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will present "Judaism Decoded: The Origins and Evolution of Jewish Tradition," a new six-week spring course which will uncover the unique formula that has sustained Jewish tradition for millennia.

Rabbi Yossi Labkowski of the Chabad Jewish Center will conduct the six-course sessions at 7 p.m., Mondays, May 4 to June 15, at the Chabad Jewish Center, 1716 Cape Coral Parkway, W.

Just as science follows the scientific method, Judaism has its own system to ensure authenticity remains intact. This eye-opening course sheds light on the mystery that surrounds biblical interpretations.

With the world changing at a rapid pace, Judaism Decoded tackles the intricate questions of whether rabbis can unilaterally change Torah, and how Jewish tradition reacts to new circumstances and modern-day dilemmas.

"Judaism Decoded" is "an extraordinarily sophisticated examination of Talmudic methodology, tackling the toughest questions about the nature and legitimacy of rabbinic law," said Dr. Eugene Kontorovich, a law professor at Northwestern University and contributor to the influential Volokh Conspiracy law blog. The course, he said, combines "high academic rigor with fundamental rooting in Jewish tradition."

"Judaism encourages us to question," added Rabbi Labkowski. "Torah law is built on a complex source code, and we're going to examine it in detail. But we're going to reach back even further: How do we even know the Torah is true in the first place?

"This course is going to address these controversial questions head on. I don't think anyone will want to miss this."

Like all previous JLI programs, "Judaism Decoded" 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.

Interested students may call 239-963-4770 or visit for registration and other course-related information.

For additional information, call 239-963-4770 or visit [email protected] or


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