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Valley Beit Midrash (VBM) is a collaborative organization that brings new, exciting, and relevant Jewish programming to the Greater Phoenix Jewish community in a diverse, welcoming, engaging, and pluralistic setting. To learn more, go to http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/

Valley Beit Midrash (VBM) is a collaborative organization that brings new, exciting, and relevant Jewish programming to the Greater Phoenix Jewish community in a diverse, welcoming, engaging, and pluralistic setting. To learn more, go to http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/
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Valley Beit Midrash (VBM) is a collaborative organization that brings new, exciting, and relevant Jewish programming to the Greater Phoenix Jewish community in a diverse, welcoming, engaging, and pluralistic setting. To learn more, go to http://www.valleybeitmidrash.org/

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Naomi Levy - Einstein and the Rabbi

2/21/2019
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Rabbi Naomi Levy (http://rabbinaomilevy.com/), presents her lecture "Einstein and the Rabbi" before an audience at Temple Solel (www.templesolel.org/) in Paradise Valley, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: A bestselling author and rabbi’s profoundly affecting exploration of the meaning and purpose of the soul, inspired by the famous correspondence between Albert Einstein and a grieving rabbi. “A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences...

Duration:01:12:42

Eitan Fishbane - Love of Neighbor, Love of God: How the Two are One in Jewish Mystical Thought

2/19/2019
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Professor Eitan Fishbane, associate professor of Jewish thought at the Jewish Theological Seminary (www.eitanfishbane.com/), presents his lecture "Love of Neighbor, Love of God: How the Two are One in Jewish Mystical Thought" before an audience at Congregation Or Tzion (www.congregationortzion.org) in Scottsdale, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: The imperative to love (ve-ahavtah) appears in at least three ways in the Torah: the command to love God, to love one’s neighbor as oneself, and to love the...

Duration:01:26:15

Eitan Fishbane - Is the Human Being Divine? Soul and Body in Jewish Mystical Thought

2/19/2019
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Professor Eitan Fishbane, associate professor of Jewish thought at the Jewish Theological Seminary (www.eitanfishbane.com/), presents his lecture "Is the Human Being Divine? Soul and Body in Jewish Mystical Thought" before an audience at Temple Solel (www.templesolel.org/) in Paradise Valley, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Influential kabbalists argued that the soul is the essence of a person and that the soul is a direct emanation from God. So can we claim that there is a true distinction between...

Duration:01:08:08

Eitan Fishbane - Discovering God in the Natural World: Insights from Kabbalah and Hasidism

2/18/2019
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Professor Eitan Fishbane, associate professor of Jewish thought at the Jewish Theological Seminary (https://www.eitanfishbane.com/), presents his lecture "Existentialist Messianism" before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Divine sparks beneath the surface of the mundane. Nature as a window onto the divine mystery. Wilderness as the audible song of revelation. Like their counterparts in other spiritual traditions, Jewish mystics have...

Duration:01:22:30

Elyse Goldstein - Women are from Genesis, Men are from Leviticus! Does Gender Read the Bible?

2/14/2019
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Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, the founding rabbi of City Shul in Toronto ( www.cityshul.com, presents her Valley Beit Midrash lecture "Women are from Genesis, Men are from Leviticus! Does Gender Read the Bible?" before an audience at Congregation Beth Israel (cbiaz.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: In theory, gender is fluid. Even so, for many people, the gender they grew up identifying with colours their experiences both academic, personal, emotional and spiritual. For others, gender is...

Duration:01:28:33

Dina Najman - Withholding/Withdrawing Treatment of the Terminally Ill

2/12/2019
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Rosh Kehila of The Kehilah in Riverdale, NY, presents her lecture, "Withholding/Withdrawing Treatment of the Terminally Ill" before an audience at Temple Kol Ami (www.templekolami.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Pikuach Nefesh (saving a life), as well as kavod haBriyot (human dignity), are central principles in Jewish law. With 20th-21st century medical advancements, the possibility of taking measures to extend a person’s life is a reality. As a result, the Jewish value of...

Duration:01:28:05

Dina Najman - Human Cloning and Embryo Research: The Ethical and Jewish Legal Implications

2/11/2019
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Rosh Kehila of The Kehilah in Riverdale, NY, presents her lecture, "Human Cloning and Embryo Research: The Ethical and Jewish Legal Implications" for the Jewish Community Foundation (www.jcfphoenix.org/) ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Within the last few decades, medical technological developments have changed the landscape for what is possible for medical treatments. The theoretical bioethical and halakhic discussions surrounding human cloning and embryo research are becoming a reality. As a result,...

Duration:01:02:31

Joshua Shanes - The (re)birth of Jewish Denominations in 19th-century Europe

2/6/2019
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Professor Joshua Shanes of the College of Charleston (cofc.edu/) presents his Valley Beit Midrash lecture "Searching for Authenticity: The (re)birth of Jewish Denominations in 19th-century Europe" before an audience at Congregation Or Tzion (www.congregationortzion.org) in Scottsdale, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Since the canonization of the Talmud, Jews lived in autonomous communities that clearly defined the meaning and obligations of Jewishness. The rise of the modern centralized state in the...

Duration:01:17:36

Joshua Shanes - The Galitsyaners: (Re)discovering Jewish Galicia

2/6/2019
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Professor Joshua Shanes of the College of Charleston (http://cofc.edu/) presents his Valley Beit Midrash lecture "The Galitsyaners: (Re)discovering Jewish Galicia" before an audience at Congregation Beth Israel (cbiaz.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Negative references to the Galitsianer as cunning, unlearned, coarse, or a religious fanatic are still heard in the early twenty-first century. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, in addition to its nineteenth-century...

Duration:01:07:03

Ariel Burger - The Life and Legacy of Elie Wiesel: A Student’s Perspective

2/5/2019
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Rabbi Dr. Ariel Burger (https://arielburger.com/) presents his Valley Beit Midrash lecture "The Life and Legacy of Elie Wiesel: A Student’s Perspective" before an audience at the Jewish Worship Group in Surprise, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Elie Wiesel, who passed away July 2, 2016, was a Holocaust witness, human rights activist, author, and confidant of presidents and prime ministers. He was also a teacher, who mentored thousands of students to become rabbis, scholars, and activists in their...

Duration:00:49:13

Ariel Burger - Rebbe Nachman on Joy and Suffering

2/4/2019
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Rabbi Dr. Ariel Burger presents his Valley Beit Midrash lecture "Rebbe Nachman on Joy and Suffering" before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ. ABOUT THE LECTURE: We all encounter suffering — our own and that of loved ones, colleagues, and strangers. We want to support people and find meaning, both in moments of great joy and deep suffering. We will explore seminal writings of the great spiritual master Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), in which he offers...

Duration:01:00:21

Elias Sacks - Does Christianity Matter for Judaism — and Vice Versa?

1/29/2019
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Professor Elias Sacks, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder presents his lecture, "Does Christianity Matter for Judaism — and Vice Versa?" before an audience at Temple Kol Ami (www.templekolami.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: What can Christians learn from Judaism, and what can Jews learn from Christianity? What do we have to gain from inter-religious dialogue, and what challenges can such conversations pose? To what extent does a...

Duration:01:23:14

Elias Sacks - Can Jews Be Citizens? Jewish Politics from the Enlightenment to Today

1/29/2019
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Professor Elias Sacks, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder presents his lecture, "Can Jews Be Citizens? Jewish Politics from the Enlightenment to Today" for the Jewish Community Foundation (www.jcfphoenix.org/) ABOUT THIS LECTURE: What should modern Jewish politics look like? To what extent should Jews seek to promote the well-being of the diverse societies they inhabit, and to what extent should Jews devote their attention to securing Jewish...

Duration:01:16:41

Ed Feinstein - The Search for the Sacred: The Jewish Debate with Modernity

1/28/2019
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Rabbi Ed Feinstein, senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California (https://www.vbs.org/worship/meet-our-clergy/rabbi-ed-feinstein), presents the 2019 Hammerman Family Lecture, "The Search for the Sacred: The Jewish Debate with Modernity" before an audience at Congregation Or Tzion (www.congregationortzion.org) in Scottsdale, AZ. DONATE: bit.ly/1NmpbsP LEARNING MATERIALS: https://bit.ly/2FUZn8n For more info, please visit: www.facebook.com/valleybeitmidrash/...

Duration:01:20:43

Barry Scott Wimpfheimer - The Talmud: A Biography

1/24/2019
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Professor Barry Scott Wimpfheimer, associate professor of religion and law at Northwestern University, presents his lecture "The Talmud: A Biography" before an audience at Temple Solel (www.templesolel.org/) in Paradise Valley, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: The Babylonian Talmud, a postbiblical Jewish text that is part scripture and part commentary, is an unlikely bestseller. Written in a hybrid of Hebrew and Aramaic, it is often ambiguous to the point of incomprehension, and its subject matter...

Duration:01:29:19

Barry Scott Wimpfheimer - Charity in the Talmud: Religious Feelings and Macroeconomics

1/24/2019
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Professor Barry Scott Wimpfheimer, associate professor of religion and law at Northwestern University, presents his lecture "Charity in the Talmud: Religious Feelings and Macroeconomics" before an audience at Temple Kol Ami (www.templekolami.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: The Talmud expresses its values and commitments through law and legal institutions. But legal rules and bureaucracy sometimes develop into static entities that stifle individual ethical imperatives. This...

Duration:01:12:09

Tirzah Firestone - Lighting the Way in a Dark World: The Tzaddik & The Bodhisattva

1/22/2019
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Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Ph.D., founding rabbi of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado (www.neveikodesh.org/) presents her Valley Beit Midrash lecture "Lighting the Way in a Dark World: The Tzaddik & The Bodhisattva" before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ. ABOUT THE LECTURE: We will compare texts and practices of two ancient traditions—Judaism and Tibetan Buddhism—through the most esteemed personification of each path. In Judaism, it is the Tzaddik...

Duration:01:27:39

Tirzah Firestone - Shechinah, the Feminine Face of Gd in Torah, Mysticism, and Our World

1/22/2019
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Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Ph.D., founding rabbi of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado (https://www.neveikodesh.org/) presents her Valley Beit Midrash lecture "She Who Dwells Within: Shechinah, the Feminine Face of Gd in Torah, Mysticism, and Our World" before an audience at Beth Emeth Congregation of the West Valley (bethemethaz.org/) in Sun City West, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Join us for a sumptuous study of the divine feminine as she appears in the Jewish tradition from ancient...

Duration:00:59:11

Manny Waks - Who Gave You Permission?

1/17/2019
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Manny Waks (http://www.mannywaks.com/) presents his lecture "Who Gave You Permission? The Memoir of a Child Sexual-Abuse Survivor Who Fought Back" before an audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ. ABOUT THE LECTURE: Manny Waks was raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family, the second oldest of 17 children. As an adolescent he was sexually abused at the religious school across the road from where he lived. Betrayed by those he trusted, Manny rebelled against his way of...

Duration:01:28:19

Ira Stone - The Greatest Jewish Philosopher That Nobody’s Heard Of

1/15/2019
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Rabbi Ira F. Stone, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel (www.phillymussar.org/stone.html)presents his lecture "The Greatest Jewish Philosopher That Nobody’s Heard Of: A Meeting with Emmanuel Levinas," before a roundtable audience at Congregation Or Tzion (www.congregationortzion.org) in Scottsdale, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Although widely known in the world of contemporary secular philosophy, the work of the French-Jewish philosopher, Emanuel Levinas, is hardly known at all in the...

Duration:01:19:57