Beginning Wednesday, November 4th at 7:00 pm, the Jewish Learning Center of Scottsdale will be offering via Zoom a new six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), titled Secrets of the Bible: Iconic Stories, Mystical Meanings, and Their Lessons for Life.
“Over the years, our JLI courses have grown in popularity,” says Rabbi Mendel of the JLC, the local JLI instructor in Scottsdale. “This is not surprising, considering that we explore both ancient and modern Torah texts in a way that makes them highly relevant and useful to personal issues and to contemporary society.
“Now that the pandemic is preventing so many individuals from attending regular in-person Torah classes, we are offering all members of our community an opportunity to experience a JLI course from the comfort of their own living room.”
The newest course, Secrets of the Bible, presents an entirely fresh way of reading iconic biblical tales, discussing Adam and Eve with the Tree of Knowledge, Noah and the Great Flood, the feud between Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his multicolored coat, the Golden Calf, and Korah’s rebellion. With each of these stories, Secrets of the Bible seeks to answer the following questions: What is the deeper message behind the story? How does it shape the Jewish worldview? What practical wisdom does it offer us today?
Like all JLI programs, the course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. The course is open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue or temple.
According to Rabbi Efraim Mintz, the New York-based executive director of JLI, “During these difficult times, now more than ever, the teachings of the Torah and Chasidism are a lifeline for so many, helping them cope with the practical and emotional turmoil caused by the pandemic. We hope that people the world over take advantage of this opportunity to experience authentic, rigorous Torah study without the need to leave their homes.”
Interested students may call 480-998-1410 or visit www.myJLI.com for registration and for other course-related information. The Zoom link will be sent out to participants after registration. (JLI courses are presented in Scottsdale in conjunction with Chabad of Scottsdale.) Technical help is available for those requiring assistance to log on or who have any other inquiries about online learning.
JLI, the adult education branch of Chabad-Lubavitch, offers programs in more than 800 locations in the U.S. and in numerous foreign countries, including Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Panama, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Venezuela. More than 400,000 students have attended JLI classes since the organization was founded in 1998.