Online Course Descriptions

Derekh’s on-line course will use Zoom as our platform. In addition, you will be able to access the webinars by phone.

Derekh Fall On-line Offerings

Rabbi Amy Scheinerman
Dates: Nov. 19, Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 2019
7:30-9:00 PM EST
Registration Fee $75 per person

(We need 8 participants to run the class.)

What We Thought We Knew Isn’t Always What We Thought

SESSION #1: Tzedakah Re-Visited and Re-Envisioned
Is tzedakah an act of obligation, religious self-benefit, or altruism? If God cares about the poor, why doesn’t God provide for their needs? Why does our tradition mandate that we take care of the poor? Our Sages have conceived tzedakah in varying (and surprising!) ways, with profound implications for us.

SESSION #2: Kibbud Av  V’em (Honoring Parents) is Rarely as Simple as It Sounds
The mitzvah to honor parents is one of the “Top Ten,” but it is far from cut-and-dry. The Sages tell us what constitutes “honor,” but they also delve into the messier situations of life when our sense of “honoring” clashes with that of our parents, and how to fulfill our obligation when our parents are especially “challenging.”

SESSION #3: “Thou Shalt Not Lie”—Except When It’s Right to Do So
It is a misconception that “Thou Shalt Not Lie” is one of the “Top Ten” mitzvot, and it is a misconception that it’s always wrong to lie. The Sages had a far more nuanced approach that helps us weigh and balance difficult and unclear situations on the basis of clear principles.

Book Discussion (6 sessions)

Rabbi Joan Glazer Farber
Wednesday, October 30, November 6 and 20, December 4 and 18 and January 15
Registration fee $100 per person

(We need 5 participants to run the class)

Join Rabbi Joan Glazer Farber in a discussion of Daniel Gordis’ Israel a Concise History of a Nation Reborn, Harper Collins, 2016. (available on Amazon)

We will work our way the history of modern Israel and apply our learning to current events.

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