Emanu-El Scholar Courses
Holy Letters, Holy Language: An Introduction to Hebrew for people who literally dont know the difference between an alef and a bet. Taught by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Tuesdays, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
July 12, 26; August 9, 23
Room 53, 5th Floor
No prior knowledge of anything whatsoever will be assumed!
This informal summer seminar will be for students to learn all twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet in order (there’s actually a song for it!) and the sounds for all those little dots that are the vowels.
We will also discuss some of the legends behind the letters, why they are more than merely signs for sounds, their mystical creative power, their religious significance, gematria (letters as numbers), and, of course, how to put them together into syllables to (slowly) make words and begin building a very basic Hebrew vocabulary.
(Our text is for self-learning, so if you have to miss a session, we can help you stay with the program.)
Texts: Reading Primer Teach Yourself to Read Hebrew, (revised ed.), Simon & Anderson, EKS Publishers, Albany, CA, 2002
Recommended Background Reading: The Book of Letters: A Mystical Hebrew Alef-Bait: Sefer Otiyot, Lawrence Kushner, Jewish Lights, 1975.
In the Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language, Joel M. Hoffman, New York University Press, 2004.
How the Hebrew Language Grew, Edward Horowitz, Ktav, 1960.
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
November 18 – 20, 2016
Friday night sermon/teaching:
Embracing the God You Actually Love: Process Theology and Contemporary Jews
Saturday morning Torah study: Alexander the Great Learns from African Women Warriors (It’s In the Talmud!)
Saturday Night Young Adult Program: In a time of radical freedom how do you structure a meeting?
Sunday Morning teaching/lecture:
My House is For All People: Special Needs Inclusion is A Mitzvah!
Rabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson (www.bradartson.com) holds the Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and is Vice President of American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Rabbi Artson has long been a passionate advocate for social justice, human dignity, diversity, and inclusion. A frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and for the Times of Israel. He is the author of 12 books and over 250 articles, most recently Renewing the Process of Creation: A Jewish Integration of Science and Spirit (Jewish Lights).
This lecture sponsored by the Charles Michael Lecture Endowment Fund
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