Vail course explores origins of Judaism

Posted Monday, Jul 13th, 2015

 VAIL — Beginning Wednesday, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will present Judaism Decoded: The Origins and Evolution of Jewish Tradition, a new six-week summer course.

Rabbi Dovid Mintz of Chabad Vail will conduct the six course sessions at 7:15 p.m. beginning Wednesday and continuing for six Wednesdays at the Chabad Jewish Center.

“Just as science follows the scientific method, Judaism has its own system to ensure authenticity remains intact,” said Rabbi Zalman Abraham of JLI’s New York headquarters. “We wanted to shed light on the mystery that surrounds biblical interpretations. This really is an eye-opening course.”

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 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 970-476-7887 or visit for registration.

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