Chabad of Hunterdon presents 'Jewish Course of Why' on Feb. 9

Posted Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 2016

 Chabad of Hunterdon County's Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present The Jewish Course of Why, the institute's new six-session winter 2016 course that will begin Feb. 9.

Rabbi Eli Kornfeld of Chabad of Hunterdon County will conduct the six-course sessions at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesdays, Feb. 9 through March 15, at Chabad of Hunterdon County, located at 90 Beaver Ave. in Clinton.

"No religion is known for its rational basis and it's welcoming of questions and intellectual debate quite like Judaism" explained Rabbi Kornfeld. "In preparing for the course, we turned to over 30,000 people who each submitted their biggest questions about Judaism. We then selected the most popular among them and addressed each one with resonant insights from the greatest minds in Jewish history."

The Jewish Course of Why 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 sanction 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.

"We're excited to be attending this fund and dynamic learning experience here in Clinton," said Dr. Susan Maron of Clinton Township. "The Jewish Course of Why gives us an opportunity to expand our Jewish knowledge and intellectualize our Judaism by exploring rational insights into the most intriguing questions that Jews have today."

The Jewish Course of Why is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All Jewish Learning Institute courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.

Those interested are welcome to try the first lesson free of charge and with no obligation.

Interested students may call 908-238-9002 or for registration and other course-related information. Jewish Learning Institute courses are presented in Clinton, New Jersey and is a project of Chabad of Hunterdon County. The course fee is $95 which includes text books.

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