Explore Ethics, Jewish Tradition, Friday Mornings at JCC With Rabbi Michael Jay

Jun 21, 2017

Join Rabbi Michael Jay at the Jewish Community Center of LBI for a thought-provoking class and discussion series titled “A Survey of Jewish Ethics,” Friday mornings, June 23 through Aug. 25, 10 a.m. to noon. Each class stands on its own so no registration is needed. A suggested donation of $5 per class ($40 if planning to attending all 10 classes) helps to defray program costs.

The main objective is to study the centrality of ethics in Jewish life, the rabbi explained, and to examine how Jewish tradition can be applied to issues that have risen historically and today.

The course, which comes from the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan, will include a video component and text study (The Ethical Life: Jewish Values in an Age of Choice), covering broad topics within the context of global citizenship and then more specific applications to personal and interpersonal ethics.

Concepts to be explored: ethics of food production, fracking, modern-day slavery, torture and just war, end-of-life care, disability and inclusion, surrogacy and relationships, and the question, “Is lying ever ethical?”

“These questions are out there, but we’re just not always tuned into them,” Jay said. Given, as humans, fundamentally “we’re required to help repair this world of ours,” he said the first step in setting about accomplishing any goal is to open the doors to thought and dialogue.

Beginning July 10, Jay will hold Monday Lunch & Learn sessions that focus on a different topic each week, based on the book Jewish Wisdom: Ethical, Spiritual, and Historical Lessons from the Great Works and Thinkers by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.  —V.F.

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