Jewish Learning – is it just for Children?

Study is a lifelong aspiration and a primary goal for Jews. Here in Montreal, we are fortunate that classes are held all week and every week at various venues, synagogues and community centers.

Rabbi Steinmetz and Rabbi Jacobsen have been offering a full day of learning to the community every year for the last several years. The most recent day of learning took place last Thursday, June 25th, 2015. This time I recorded their classes and want to share them with you to give you an idea of the nature and scope of what we call Jewish learning.

1) Hachnasat Orchim – Hospitality towards strangers in the Jewish tradition: What is its Source and Why is it Important? (Rabbi Steinmetz)

2) Why are the Jewish people called G-d`s witness. What does this mean and what are we being called upon to  witness or to testify to? (Rabbi Jacobson)

3) Talmudic Study: “acquiring an accidental treasure, when unanticipated value emerges, who owns it?” Rabbis and class sharing one on one discussion. This is typical of the way Jews study texts via inquiry.

4) The Murders in Charleston: Is Forgiveness possible?

5) Quebec’s Bill 52 and the “right to die”: A Jewish perspective on this issue.