Chabad of Binghamton will offer a six-week course “My G-d: Defining the Divine,” produced by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, beginning on Monday, November 7. There will be a 7 pm session and an 8:45 pm session (if 10 people sign up for that time). The course fee is $79 per person or $150 per couple, which includes the textbook. To register for the course, call 797-0015, email to ruthshea@Jewishbu.com or visit here.
“This course unpacks Judaism’s understanding of God while providing fresh, profound answers to common questions about God,” said organizers of the class. “How did God come to be? Is God a He, a She or a They? Does God have feelings? If God has foreknowledge of all events, do we have free choice? Is there a place in Judaism for doubts about God? These are just some of the 25 questions addressed in ‘My G-d: Defining the Divine.’”
Organzers added, “Jewish culture and the Jewish people’s outlook on life are indelibly shaped by the classic Jewish understanding of God. ‘My G-d: Defining the Divine’ is a one-of-a-kind course that brings to light the Jewish understanding of G-d, from which Judaism and Jewish identity inevitably flow. Its fast-paced lessons will lead participants toward a comprehensive understanding of Jewish monotheism. The discussions will probe philosophical topics, but the course is anchored in real life and offers accessible answers for students of all backgrounds.”
“These are questions we hear all the time,” said Rivky Slonim. “This course might be the first time you can get straight, deep, but accessible answers to all the big questions about God.”
Slonim said the new course is “the perfect offering for anyone with sincere questions about God or who just seeks an enhanced understanding of Judaism’s approach to this core topic.”
As with other JLI offerings, the course is designed for people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior exposure to Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or house of worship.
JLI, the adult education branch of Chabad-Lubavitch, offers programs in more than 1,600 international locations in the U.S., Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, 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 it was founded in 1998.