The Jewish Love Affair with Stories
Hosted By: Applied Jewish Spirituality
The Torah begins with the story of creation, and Jewish canonical works of many periods weave law and legend, into a singular tapestry.
Why are stories and storytelling so important? How can stories, especially those that transcend time and space, work on us, change us, deepen or even heal us? What do Midrashic and Hasidic sources say about the power of stories? And how, in a time of crisis, might we use stories to heal our world?
In this online class, we will together explore tales from the biblical, rabbinic, and Hasidic periods, including some lesser-known stories that challenge and complicate simplistic notions about God, what it means to be human, ethics, and meaning. Among them we will find tales of conflict, of miracles, of hope in the face of despair, and of redemption. We will consider the relationship between law and narrative, and the ways in which stories have helped Jewish thinkers as they wrestle with difficult Torah texts.
The class will include careful text study, time for reflection and discussion, and take-home exercises.
This is a free first class from a 4-part course. The other classes will meet on November 29, December 6, December 13.
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