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Monday Morning Beit Midrash Series: And You Shall Tell Your Children

Mondays, April 16, 23, and 30, and May 7 and 14 | 8:30-9:30AM | BJ Middle Room

In the weeks between Passover and Shavuot, as we make our way from Egypt to Sinai, from liberation to dedication, join Rabbi Adina Lewittes for a text- and values-based conversation about the questions we ask and are asked by the next generation as we envision and build the Jewish future. Be prepared for a thought-provoking, challenging, personal, deep, and forthright dialogue on these pressing questions of our time. Open to all BJ members.

In order to get the most out of this series, we encourage attendance at all sessions; however, if you are unable to make all sessions you are still very welcome to join us.

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Questions are at the heart of Judaism. As Jewish life in America changes, so do our questions and those of our children and grandchildren about the meaning and value of Jewish practice and identity.

 And You Shall Tell Your Children  

  וְהִגַּדְתָּ לְבִנְךָ 

What Are You Going To Tell Yours When They Ask:

  • Why be Jewish today?
  • Why should we—and how can we—cultivate a sense of Jewish obligation in a post-halakhic world?
  • Should Judaism be defined by what the texts say or by what Jews do?  
  • What should we hold onto and what should we re-imagine when we look to the Jewish future?
  • What place is there for Jewish particularity in our post-ethnic, hybrid society?
  • What role can our personal stories play in the ongoing unfolding of the American Jewish story?
  • What will Judaism look like as the Jewish people become more and more diverse?

This program is part of The Jewish Home Project.