JLI to offer six-week course on ?The Dilemma?

Posted Wednesday, Jan 25th, 2017

 Rabbi Shmuli Friedman of Cleveland Chabad will offer a new, six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, “The Dilemma: Modern Conundrums. Talmudic Debates. Your Solutions.” Courses meet from 7:30-9 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 31 or from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, starting Feb. 1.

Classes will be held at The Jewish Learning Insitute, 25400 Fairmount Blvd. in Beachwood. Courses are presented in in conjunction with the Fund for the Jewish Future of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

“’The Dilemma’ is a mental expedition in which participants will mind-wrestle with situations that force them to choose between two reasonable truths. Participants analyze, discuss and debate original Talmudic texts to solve dilemmas and get an authentic taste of dynamic Talmud study,” Friedman said.

“I find people in Cleveland love having the opportunity to engage in social discourse, particularly when it involves fascinating intellectual challenges and hot topics, such as Pokémon Go and Tesla’s self-driving cars. This is by far the most captivating course we’ve ever offered.”

Rabbi Zalman Abraham of JLI’s Brooklyn, N.Y., headquarters, said, “In ‘The Dilemma,’ we encounter fascinating, real-life conundrums, situations in which your gut instinctively responds one way, but your brain tells you quite the opposite,” said “To solve these dilemmas, participants are asked to break into study groups and explore hair-splitting Talmudic arguments that participants then debate and apply to solve the cases using new, interactive polling technology.”

‘The Dilemma’ is accredited for continuing legal education credits for attorneys and others in the legal professions.


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