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Adult Education at Congregation Or Tzion
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Ru'ah Tefillah - The Jewish prayer tradition is rich and complex, reflecting the changing circumstances of our Jewish lives. Learn about the history, theology, and ideologies that have shaped and continue to inform our prayer. Knowledge of Hebrew is helpful, but not necessary.
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Valley Beit Midrash - Valley Beit Midrash brings the greatest minds in Jewish education and thought-leadership to our community. Learn more about their offerings and register for programs at valleybeitmidrash.org.
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ScholarStream - Or Tzion is once again partnering with the Rabbinical Assembly to bring you ScholarStream classes at no cost. Click here to register at no cost using code COTScottsdale21.
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ASU Jewish Studies- Click here to learn more about ASU's Jewish Studies Public Programs and Events
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10/6WednesdayScholarStreamDr. Alan Cooper, “God, Abraham and Isaac: Who is the ‘Hero’ of the `Aqeda?” The story of the “binding of Isaac” (`aqeda) in Genesis 22 is a tale of problematic relationships, those among the characters as well as the reader’s relationship with a troubling and alienating story. How can God issue such a shocking and callous command to Abraham, a faithful follower? Why does Abraham comply without objection, in contrast to previous interactions with God? And why does Isaac remain passive and apparently acquiescent with his life at stake? Is there a hero in this story, in the sense of a character who is to be celebrated for his actions, and what are we supposed to learn from him? We will take up those questions in the light of both traditional and modern Jewish commentary.5:00 PMRegister here
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10/13WednesdayScholarStreamLiza Bernstein, “Gendered Gaps: Remembering Sarah Where She is Most Erased” When we study the Akeidah, the binding of Isaac, we often focus on the dynamics between Abraham, Isaac, and God. We rarely ask: where was Sarah? In this class, we will use traditional sources and gender theory to open up questions of gender, community, and parenting. Through our questioning, we will remember Sarah's story and re-member Sarah, in all her complexities, as a full part of our tradition.5:00 PMRegister here
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10/20WednesdayScholarStreamRabbi Bradley Artson, “Loving Peace, One Person at a Time” We often think of the pursuit of peace as a task for nations, communities, and public figures. And it is all that. But the work of peace is also private and individual. In the person of Aaron, first High Priest and brother to Moses, the ancient sages imagine what an integrated approach to making peace might look like.5:00 PMRegister here
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10/27WednesdayScholarStreamRabbi Elliot Dorff, “The Dysfunctional Families of Genesis: What They -- and Later Jewish Law -- Tell Us About How *Not* to Treat Our Parents, Siblings, and Children” We have all read the stories of Genesis many times over and have interpreted them in sermons and lessons. The goal of this session is to examine them in the context of family ethics. What bad practices do they exemplify, and what does Jewish law tell us about how to form better family relationships and avoid family violence?5:00 PMRegister here
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