Newest Rohr JLI Course to Explore 'Strength and Struggle: Lessons in Character From Biblical Stories of Our Prophets'

Posted Thursday, May 12th, 2016

How do we beat burnout and gain perspective to make progress on the goals most important to us, particularly when our judgment is clouded? The newest course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) offers an interesting twist to dealing with these common challenges, an approach that examines the stories and characters of kings and prophets.

Beginning the week of May 16, area Chabads will begin the six-session course.

On Monday, May 16, Chabad of West Orange will begin the course, which will be taught by Rabbi Mendy Kasowitz and will meet on six consecutive Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Chabad of West Orange is located at 401 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange.

Beginning Tuesday, May 17 at 8 p.m., for six consecutive Tuesdays, Rabbi Mordechai Shain will conduct the course at Lubavitch on the Palisades in Tenafly.

“Strength and Struggle” spans six eras in biblical history to acquaint participants with the nuances of the Israelites’ earliest history and intimate details, as seen in the lives of many of its beloved characters, including David, Saul, Ruth, Jephthah, Elijah, Elisha and Jonah.

The course is filled with eternal lessons for life—of struggle and triumph, courage and humility, hope and resilience. If you’ve ever wanted to meet King David in person, this is about as close as you’ll come.

Dr. Simcha Leibowitz, the representative of the World Zionist Federation to North America and an expert on leadership and biblical studies, commented about the course, “Even great leaders, judges and kings experience challenging circumstances from which we must learn to emerge even stronger. I am certain that participants in this program will find this original and fascinating approach to biblical study meaningful and relevant to their lives and to the daily challenges they face.”

Like all previous JLI programs, “Strength and Struggle” is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge. Interested students may call 201-871-1152 ext. 501 or visit for registration and for other course-related information.

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