Seven Lessons. Instructed by Toby Bernstein.

Cost: $99 per person. Light dinner included.

Schedule:

Monday, Nov 13, 2023 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesday, Dec 20, 2023 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thursday, Jan 11, 2024 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Monday, Feb 26, 2024 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Monday, March 11, 2024 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2024 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thursday, June 6, 2024 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

 

Lesson 1: SARAH

Monday, Nov 13, 2023 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Two Views of You

Overcoming Inclination via an External Perspective Navigating life can be tricky, and a moral and spiritual life—even trickier. All humans suffer from unconscious bias; we can be too close emotionally to our internal trees to see our forest with full objectivity. An episode in the life of our Matriarch Sarah reveals that this is a struggle for even the best and brightest individuals. Sarah informs us that what we are certain is right and noble might actually be unsound and unsafe for the particular dilemma we face. This lesson analyzes a puzzling slice of Sarah’s story to reveal a literally G‑d-sent solution.

 

Lesson 2: REBECCA

Wednesday, Dec 20 , 2023 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Desirable Duplicity

Being Jewish in All of Life’s Roles

It’s every spiritual seeker’s impasse: We want to live meaningful, soul-inspired lives, but we cannot survive without meeting our material needs—and those tend to swallow our time and focus. Rebecca saw an unbridgeable fissure between untethered spirituality versus untamed materiality playing out in the lives of her twins. With incredible insight and courage, she invented a solution just in time to avert disaster. This lesson explores her dilemma and solution, and presents Rebecca as a motherly guide for our own lives.

 

Lesson 3: RACHEL

Thursday, Jan 11 , 2023 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mother of Devotion

The Limits of Sacrifice

Infants arrive in this world primed to receive, not to make sacrifices on behalf of others—and the extent to which individuals outgrow that mindset varies widely. Does Judaism expect us to make personal sacrifices to benefit others, and if so, to what degree? This lesson analyzes the fascinating life of our Matriarch Rachel—referred to lovingly for millennia as our collective “mother”—for inspiration and guidance on the value of acting altruistically.

 

Lesson 4: ABIGAIL

Monday, Feb 26 , 2024 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Affection in Direction

Rebuking with Love and Respect Being advised that we are acting incorrectly is an inescapable feature of life—as is the reality that we will have occasion to inform others of a wrong they are committing. This lesson probes the dramatic story of Abigail, a brave and wise woman who rebuked an angry king on his way to battle and prevented disaster. Her approach reveals a profound and empathetic motivation that should underline any rebuke, and spills Judaism’s secret of successful intervention and redirection.

 

Lesson 5: ESTHER

Monday, March 11 , 2024 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Resource-fullness

Using Every Resource for G‑d’s Purpose

Each human owns resources: talent or time, funds or friendship, position or personality, significant supplies or simply a smile. Are they truly ours? Which of them does Judaism expect us to devote to a higher purpose, and to what extent? This lesson consults Queen Esther for advice from her personal experiences in the Persian palace. Her answers are transformative, and guide us toward a comprehensively meaningful existence.

 

Lesson 6: BATYA

Tuesday, Apr 9 , 2024 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Against the Tide

Acting Morally in an Immoral Society Cohesiveness, community, conformity. Judaism promotes these as sacred values with enormous benefits, but not if they lead to morally repugnant results. It can be incredibly difficult to recognize the pull and resist the pressure of peers and surrounding society; swimming against the tide can be draining. A solution to this common quandary was born in an unlikely place: the palace of the pharaohs. This lesson analyzes a moment in the life of heroic Princess Batya that provides us with tangible tools for handling such pressure.

 

Lesson 7: RUTH

Thursday, June 6, 2024 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Stepping Up

Opting for Tough but True Are we supposed to squeeze life for the maximum pleasure and convenience? Is there anything wrong with selecting the easiest, least burdensome path at each personal crossroad? This lesson examines the story of Ruth, a former Moabite princess who voluntarily became a destitute Jewess. Ruth teaches us the huge advantage of shouldering instead of shirking responsibility; of choosing covenant over convenience and eternal over easy. Ruth unveils our true self-worth and guides us toward unexpected power.

 

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