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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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Samuel Fleischacker - Maimonides on Who Wrote the Torah

1/10/2019
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Professor Samuel Fleischacker, the LAS Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois-Chicago, presents his lecture "Existentialist Messianism" before an audience at Temple Solel (www.templesolel.org/) in Paradise Valley, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Maimonides says in his Commentary on the Mishnah and his Mishneh Torah that Moses wrote every word of the Torah at the dictation of God. But Maimonides also says that God can’t talk, and that anyone who thinks God can talk is an...

Duration:01:22:27

Samuel Fleischacker - Existentialist Messianism

1/10/2019
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Professor Samuel Fleischacker, the LAS Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois-Chicago, presents his lecture "Existentialist Messianism" before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Martin Buber ended a 1909 lecture he gave in Prague with a parable suggesting that each of us is responsible for bringing the Messiah. Some years later, Franz Kafka – who may have been in Buber’s audience – wrote a famous story that...

Duration:01:23:24

Ilana Kaufman - A Community of ‘Others’: Jews, Peoplehood, and Justice

12/19/2018
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Ilana Kaufman, Director of Jews of Color Field Building Initiative, presents her Valley Beit Midrash (www.valleybeitmidrash.org) lecture " A Community of ‘Others’: Jews, Peoplehood, and Justice" before an audience at Temple Solel (www.templesolel.org/) in Paradise Valley, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Together we will explore the multi-layered complexities of social identities and what it means for Jewish communities to be inclusive, exclusive, and expansive. DONATE: bit.ly/1NmpbsP LEARNING...

Duration:01:16:19

Ilana Kaufman - Jewish Identity and Justice

12/18/2018
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Ilana Kaufman, Director of Jews of Color Field Building Initiative presents her Valley Beit Midrash (www.valleybeitmidrash.org) lecture " Jewish Identity and Justice" before an audience at Temple Kol Ami (www.templekolami.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Rooted in the week’s Parsha, we will explore the text through lenses of Jewish Identity, Community and Justice. DONATE: bit.ly/1NmpbsP For more info, please visit: www.facebook.com/valleybeitmidrash/...

Duration:00:59:16

Paul Mendes-Flohr - Martin Buber’s Philosophy of Dialogue

12/12/2018
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Professor Paul Mendes-Flohr, Professor Emeritus of Modern Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently the Dorothy Grant Mclear Professor of Jewish Intellectual History at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, presents his lecture "Martin Buber’s Philosophy of Dialogue" before a roundtable audience at Congregation Or Tzion (www.congregationortzion.org) in Scottsdale, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Best known for his poetic meditation of dialogue, I and Thou,...

Duration:01:24:07

Paul Mendes-Flohr - Franz Rosenzweig: Herald of a Jewish Renaissance

12/11/2018
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Professor Paul Mendes-Flohr, Professor Emeritus of Modern Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently the Dorothy Grant Mclear Professor of Jewish Intellectual History at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, presents his lecture "Franz Rosenzweig: Herald of a Jewish Renaissance" for the Jewish Community Foundation (www.jcfphoenix.org/) ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: From the midst of assimilation and even thoughts of converting to Christianity, Franz Rosenzweig...

Duration:00:51:09

Noam Weisbrod - Water and Food Security in Israel and Beyond: Can We Do Better?

12/11/2018
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Professor Noam Weisbrod, the director of the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, presents his lecture "Water and Food Security in Israel and Beyond: Can We Do Better?" before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: The world, stimulated by population growth, climate instability, desertification, and rising lifestyles, is facing severe water and food security problems that are getting...

Duration:01:01:15

Howard M. Markose - The Leadership of Aaron and Moses – A Look at Differing Styles

12/11/2018
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Rabbi Dr. Howard M. Markose, a teacher of Bible and Biblical Hebrew Grammar at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem (www.pardes.org.il/) presents his Valley Beit Midrash lecture "JThe Leadership of Aaron and Moses – A Look at Differing Styles" before an audience at Congregation Or Tzion (www.congregationortzion.org) in Scottsdale, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: The Jewish tradition feels really good about both Aaron and Moses as examples of great human beings. Aaron is called...

Duration:01:28:18

Howard M. Markose - Jacob and Esau’s Long-Awaited Meeting – Friendly or Antagonistic?

12/10/2018
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Rabbi Dr. Howard M. Markose, a teacher of Bible and Biblical Hebrew Grammar at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem (https://www.pardes.org.il/) presents his Valley Beit Midrash lecture "Jacob and Esau’s Long-Awaited Meeting – Friendly or Antagonistic?" before an audience at Congregation Beth Israel(Congregation Beth Israel, Scottsdale Arizona https://cbiaz.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: IThey have not seen each other for over two decades. Jacob faces an...

Duration:00:58:49

Robert Eisen - The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism

11/20/2018
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Professor Robert Eisen, the Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at The George Washington University, presents his lecture "The Peace and Violence of Judaism: From the Bible to Modern Zionism before a roundtable audience at Temple Kol Ami (www.templekolami.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Religion is fraught with ambiguity when it comes to peace and violence. There are texts in every major religious tradition that foster violence toward outsiders alongside those that...

Duration:01:09:25

Robert Eisen - Justifying Israel’s Wars in Jewish Law: Challenges and Solutions

11/19/2018
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Professor Robert Eisen, the Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at The George Washington University, presents his lecture "Justifying Israel’s Wars in Jewish Law: Challenges and Solutions" before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: While Israel’s wars have a been a challenge for all Jews who support Israel, they have presented unique challenges for religious Zionists who adhere to Jewish law. Jewish law developed mostly...

Duration:01:07:00

Herbert Cohen - Mussar and Film: Movies That Help Us Grow!

11/14/2018
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Rabbi Dr. Herbert Cohen presents his lecture "Mussar and Film: Movies That Help Us Grow!" before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Movies are not simply entertainment. They also can serve as vehicles for self-discovery. Rabbi Cohen identifies films that have something important to say about the human condition and that contain nuggets of wisdom that can enrich our relationships with our children, our spouses, our parents, and our...

Duration:00:54:01

Samuel C. Heilman - The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America

11/14/2018
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Samuel C. Heilman - The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America Professor Samuel C. Heilman, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queen College, presents his lecture "The Story of Five Hasidic Dynasties in America" before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ. DONATE: bit.ly/1NmpbsP ABOUT THIS LECTURE: The lecture explores the remarkable resurrection of Hasidism in America and its capacity for maintaining the charismatic authority of its dynastic...

Duration:01:14:38

Samuel C. Heilman - Orthodoxy in America

11/14/2018
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Professor Samuel C. Heilman, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Queen College, before a VIP audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ. DONATE: bit.ly/1NmpbsP For more info, please visit: www.facebook.com/valleybeitmidrash/ www.facebook.com/temple.chai twitter.com/VBMTorah www.facebook.com/RabbiShmulyYanklowitz/ Music: "They Say" by WowaMusik, a public domain track from the YouTube Audio Library.

Duration:00:30:23

Avram Mlotek - We Are Here: Spiritual Resistance During The Holocaust

11/7/2018
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Rabbi Avram Mlotek, co-founder of BASE Hillel (basehillel.org/) presents his Valley Beit Midrash lecture "We Are Here: Spiritual Resistance During The Holocaust" before an audience at Congregation Or Tzion (www.congregationortzion.org) in Scottsdale, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: In this session, we will learn and hear how Jews used prayer, poetry, song, music and more as vehicles for spiritual resistance during the Jewish people's darkest hour. From ghetto cabarets and concentration camps to the...

Duration:01:13:37

Avram Mlotek - Songs of Generations: Jewish History through Yiddish Song

11/7/2018
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Rabbi Avram Mlotek, co-founder of BASE Hillel (http://basehillel.org/) presents his Valley Beit Midrash lecture "Songs of Generations: Jewish History through Yiddish Song" before an audience at Beth Emeth Congregation of the West Valley (http://bethemethaz.org/) in Sun City West, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer called Rabbi Mlotek’s grandparents, “The Sherlock Holmes of Yiddish Song.” Come explore Jewish history through this rich legacy of Yiddish song with a...

Duration:00:58:54

Adrienne Krone - Sacred and Sustainable Space: Ancient Agriculture and Innovative Judaism

10/30/2018
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Professor Adrienne Krone, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Jewish Life at Allegheny College (sites.allegheny.edu/philo/) presents her Valley Beit Midrash lecture "Sacred and Sustainable Space: Ancient Agriculture and Innovative Judaism" before a roundtable audience at Temple Solel (www.templesolel.org/) in Paradise Valley, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: This lecture will offer insight into how Jewish community farms have become a site for North American Jews to enact their...

Duration:00:46:56

Adrienne Krone - Saving Seeds: A Revived Historical Jewish Agricultural Settlement in New Jersey

10/30/2018
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Professor Adrienne Krone, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Jewish Life at Allegheny College (https://sites.allegheny.edu/philo/) presents her Valley Beit Midrash leceture "Saving Seeds: A Revived Historical Jewish Agricultural Settlement in New Jersey Takes on Climate Change" before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: This lecture will describe the efforts of the Alliance Community Reboot (ACRe) organization...

Duration:00:43:22

Aharon Ariel Lavi - About Economy and Sustenance: Judaism, Society, and Economics

10/26/2018
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Rabbi Aharon Ariel Lavi, co-founder of the Eco-Hassidic community “Garin Shuva”, on the Gaza border; the Nettiot Intentional Communities Network; MAKOM: the national umbrella organization of intentional communities in Israel; and Hakhel: the Jewish Intentional Communities Incubator in the Diaspora, presents his lecture "About Economy and Sustenance: Judaism, Society, and Economics" before a roundtable audience at Temple Chai (www.templechai.com/) in Phoenix, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: The...

Duration:01:25:36

Mel Gottlieb - Kabbala and Consciousness

10/25/2018
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Rabbi Dr. Mel Gottlieb, President of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California (ajrca.edu/) presents his Valley Beit Midrash (www.valleybeitmidrash.org) lecture "Kabbala and Consciousness" before an audience at Temple Kol Ami (www.templekolami.org/) in Scottsdale, AZ. ABOUT THIS LECTURE: This lecture will be on the dynamics of practical Kabbala as a growth system creating consciousness in the realm of the intellect, the emotions, and in concrete action. It will utilize the Sefirot, the...

Duration:01:18:23