The Jewish Flame, a Jewish education organization, will be holding its annual Summer IThe Jewish Flame, a Jewish education organization, will be holding its annual Summer Institute again this year. Four nights a week in Manhattan, you can learn any aspect of Judaism that interests you. Whether you’d like to learn Bible, Midrash, Jewish Wisdom or Jewish Philosophy, there will be a class just right for you. The teachers will be the best the Flame has to offer.
And… the classes are free!
Classes are held at Congregation Adereth El, 135 E. 29th Street near Lexington Ave in Manhattan. This year nine different classes are offered, each meeting for one hour per week. The classes take place Mondays thru Thursday evenings, through Aug. 4. For a complete brochure or for more information, visit www.jewishflame.org or call (718) 268-2448.
Classes are geared for non-observant Jews and recent BTs.
THE BIBLE THEY DIDNâ€™T TEACH YOU IN HEBREW SCHOOL Mondays at 6 PM
Why is King David a hero even though he seemingly committed murder and adultery? Which creation story in Genesis actually happened? If Esau was a forgiving guy, then why do the rabbis hate him? The course will examine these and other stories, and enable you to better understand and appreciate the Bible and its messages.
THE BIG QUESTIONS IN LIFE â€“ A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE Mondays at 7 PM
What is the purpose of life?ã€€ Why are we here, anyway? Isnâ€™t it good enough to be a good person?ã€€ Letâ€™s explore these questions and issues together.ã€€ Hard questions deserve real answers.ã€€ Come join us for a meaningful experience and discussion.
THE MIDRASH Tuesdays at 6 PM
This class will concentrate on selected topics in Jewish tradition, such as Marriage, Atonement, Fate and Free Will, Superstition, Medicine, and Dreams, by focusing on Rabbinic lore and legend as found in the Talmud and various Midrashic works. The class will also include discussion of the textual foundations of Midrash.
JEWISH PHILOSOPHY Tuesdays at 7 PM
Understanding the great issues of Jewish Philosophy, such as free will, existence of evil, and existentialism, as discussed by the greatest personalities in Jewish thought: Saadiah Gaon, Yehuda HaLevi, Maimonides, Luzzato, Rav Kook, and more.
JEWISH ETHICS ON MATING AND DATING Wednesdays at 6 PM
No marriages and failing marriages are problems that beset contemporary Judaism. This course will explore how to find the right person and techniques based on traditional Jewish sources for making your marriage or relationship being one of the few that last so that you can live happily ever after.
HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE Wednesdays at 7 PM
Once you learn a proven method for HOW to study the Torah, you can start to really understand it and see why it has sustained our people for thousands of years. Our focus will be to provide skills for analysis so that you can feel comfortable with the text. This method will work regardless of your background.
SECRETS FOR A LONG HAPPY LIFE Wednesdays at 7 PM
This course will supply you with the secret tools that will change your life. If you are growth-oriented and looking for a wedge to help you prayers get answered, come join us. Five meaningful, eye opening sessions for those desiring a long happy life.
JEWISH WISDOM Thursdays at 6 PM
A survey of the ethical, personal, spiritual and practical thought from the great Jewish sages and Jewish works over the centuries. The class will discuss how great Jewish writings have imbued the world with the answers to the ethical dilemmas that we regularly
TORAH BY THE WEEK Thursdays at 7 PM
Study the more controversial sections of the weekly Torah portion, emphasizing the ethical and moral aspects of Judaism. The class will focus on topics such as: “Is G-d too strict with Jews”, “Why is there anti-semitism?”, “Why are some people evil?”, “Is vengeance permissible?”, “What is a miracle?”, “What land is really part of Israel” and many more subjects from the book of Numbers.