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Judaism 101

Like many non-Jews, I have known for ages that
the name or word “Israel” means
“One who contends (or wrestles) with God”
but I never really “got” what that meant until
participating in Judaism 101.

Judaism: Sacred Texts
in Sacred Places

The Guibord Center’s visit to the magnificent and recently renovated Wilshire Boulevard Temple was awe-inspiring and educational, providing something for everyone who attended.

Decoding Rituals and
Symbols of Passover

Inspired by Seder’s Message of Freedom on a
beautiful Wednesday evening, more than 50
people joined The Guibord Center – Religion
Inside Out for “Decoding the Rituals and
Symbols of the Passover Seder.” The Seder
is a Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning
of the Jewish holiday of Passover.

Creating a Sukkah for Sukkot

A sukkah is a temporary hut constructed for use during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. The Book of Vayikra (Leviticus)
describes it as a symbolic wilderness shelter, commemorating the time God provided for the Israelites in the wilderness that they inhabited after they were freed from slavery in Egypt.

Kabbalah: Journey Into the Cosmic Soul” and “Kabbalah and Grappling with Darkness

with RABBI MORDECAI FINLEY

Rabbi Mordecai Finley is the spiritual leader of Ohr HaTorah Syn-
agogue. He has been teaching Jewish spirituality, mysticism and
related fields of study for more than 25 years. We are
honored to explore two aspects of Kabbalah with him.

The Bible, Women & Violence

with DR. AMY-JILL LEVINE

Dr. Amy Jill Levine leaned on the altar, kicked off her heels
and took off into a topic she was eager to tackle.

“ANY TIME the Bible gives rise to something that’s violent – that’s a misuse of the text!…
To hold the Bible in one hand and to engage in violence with the other
is both a sin and an obscenity. That should be pretty clear.”

Understanding The Jewish Jesus

with DR. AMY-JILL LEVINE

“In order to understand Jesus fully, we need to have a sense
of how the people who first heard him understood him,
which means we need to know how his words
sounded to First Century Jewish ears. If we get the context
wrong, we’ll get him wrong.” ~ Dr. Amy-Jill Levine .

Gospel Politics

with DR. AMY-JILL LEVINE

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine completely enthralled
and thoroughly challenged those who
attended Gospel Politics just prior to the
November Elections in 2012.

Genesis Revisited

with RABBI RACHEL ADLER, DR. ROSEMARY, RADFORD REUTHER and DR. MEHNAZ AlLFREDI

Those who came to hear these three scholars’ lively exploration of Genesis from a Feminist’s point of view left pondering the rich discussions of the very different Creation Stories found within Genesis and in The Holy Qur’an.

Trouble in Families:
Abrahamic Texts Panel Discussion

with THE VERY REV. JOHN BAKAS, RABBI SUZANNE SINGER AND IMAM JIHAD TURK

The panel discussion of the Abrahamic texts shed light
on some of the difficult and troubling texts of the major
Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

Jewish Festivals

The Hebrew or Jewish calendar is a lunisolar calendar used today predominantly for Jewish religious observances. Observances begin at sundown on the evening before the date specified.

Elie Wiesel

Eliezer Wiesel is a Romanian-born American novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor of Hungarian Jewish descent. He is the author of more than 40 books, the best known of which is “Night,” a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust and his imprisonment in several concentration camps.

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