Rabbi Lotker Zoom Classes – July and August

TWO Classes:

Introduction to Kabbalah

Wednesday evenings, July 14th, 21st, and 28th at 7:00 p.m.

Children of Abraham: Comparing Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Wednesday evenings, August 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th at 7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom: Rabbi Lotker’s Zoom Room –  https://zoom.us/j/8190896166


“Introduction to Kabbalah (July 14, 21, 28)

A three-week exploration of the world of Kabbalah we will explore the simple (is it kabb-a-LAH or ka-BAL-ah?) to the deep (how does the interpretation of word echad in the Shema affect our understanding of God’s nature and our relationship with God). Learn about the history and practices of Kabbalah. There will be time for questions and discussions. CLASS ONE: An Introduction to some of the key ideas about Kabbalah and its interesting history.  CLASS 2: Introduction to the central text of Kabbalah, The Zohar which is a work of pseudepigrapha (don’t know what that means?  Come and find out!).  Discuss the 10 Sefirot, the world of Gematria, the mystical names of God and more.  CLASS THREE: Explore Lurrianic Kabbalah, the Soul, Angels, Hasidim and focus on enhancing Jewish spirituality.

Children of Abraham:  Comparing Judaism, Christianity and Islam.(August 4, 11, 18, 25)

About half the people of the world worship the God of Abraham as members of faith traditions that trace themselves back 4000 years to this inspired individual.  In four classes, Rabbi Lotker will introduce these three faiths with a special emphasis on their similarities and differences. Read texts from the Hebrew Bible, the Christian Scripture and the Koran relating to the Garden of Eden, Abraham, Moses, and others to help understand the fascinating history and theology that shape our worlds to this day.  Explore differences in beliefs, historical origins and the reasons behind historical and current conflicts.  Take a detailed look at Holy Neighborhood of Jerusalem and the sacred sites to be found there.


Will the sessions be recorded?  Yes and they will be sent to you by email and also posted on my YouTube channel.

Is There a Fee?  No, the classes are sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Ventura County and Joel & Barbara Aaronson & The Affordable Living Choices Trust in my role as Community Rabbi.  You can donate to them here at  https://www.jewishventuracounty.org/ways-to-give.

How do I register?  Simply Email Rabbi Lotker lotker@aol.com (you will get class reminders and alerts of changes -if any)

Can Bring a Friend?  Sure!  Just pass along this e-mail

Many Jews are surprised to learn that Judaism has always held that there is something beyond the grave – a life in the “world to come.”  We just don’t know (or teach) the details because no one has come back to tell us and because Judaism’s focus is on this life.   In this class, we will explore the wide range of authentic Jewish beliefs about the afterlife and how these beliefs have affected Jewish traditions of burial and mourning.  In our sessions we will examine what the Bible has to say, the Rabbinic and Talmudic thoughts and commentaries, the amazing world of medieval commentary, mystical and kabbalistic insights and well as what modern thinkers contribute.  We will also explore the world of Jewish funeral and mourning customs and their origins.

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Rabbi Lotker Zoom Classes

What Happens After I Die? – Jewish Views of the Afterlife

When:  Wednesday evenings, May 26th, June 2nd, and June 9th at 7:00 p.m.

Where:  Rabbi Lotker’s Zoom Room –  https://zoom.us/j/8190896166

 


Will the sessions be recorded?  Yes and they will be sent to you by email and also posted on my YouTube channel.

Is There a Fee?  No, the classes are sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Ventura County and Joel & Barbara Aaronson & The Affordable Living Choices Trust in my role as Community Rabbi.  You can donate to them here at  https://www.jewishventuracounty.org/ways-to-give.

How do I register?  Simply Email Rabbi Lotker lotker@aol.com (you will get class reminders and alerts of changes -if any)

Can Bring a Friend?  Sure!  Just pass along this e-mail

Many Jews are surprised to learn that Judaism has always held that there is something beyond the grave – a life in the “world to come.”  We just don’t know (or teach) the details because no one has come back to tell us and because Judaism’s focus is on this life.   In this class, we will explore the wide range of authentic Jewish beliefs about the afterlife and how these beliefs have affected Jewish traditions of burial and mourning.  In our sessions we will examine what the Bible has to say, the Rabbinic and Talmudic thoughts and commentaries, the amazing world of medieval commentary, mystical and kabbalistic insights and well as what modern thinkers contribute.  We will also explore the world of Jewish funeral and mourning customs and their origins.

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Mussar Institute Kallah Experience

Mussar is a Jewish ethical, educational and cultural movement that developed originally in 19th century Lithuania. Today, it has blossomed into a spiritual-practice program that helps us gain insights to our lives and the relationships that enrich them. Our congregation has taught, learned, and embodied many of the middot (values) that Mussar offers.

For those who would like to delve deeper into this practice, the Mussar Institute has partnered with our congregation by offering a special $50 discount to Temple Adat Elohim members who wish to participate in a 3-day (virtual) Kallah experience; Seeking Shalom, Inside and Out.

Join Alan Morinis and Avi Fertig for The Mussar Institute’s  14th annual Kallah (retreat). Take a 3-day deep dive into the teachings and practices of Mussar. Experience workshops and dialogue on Mussar movement, chanting, text study, and art. Connect with a community dedicated to Jewish spirituality in the 1,000-year-old tradition of Mussar. All recordings are available to attendees for 1 year.

The dates are January 31, February 1 and 2. With the AEFriend code, save $50 off tuition. The discounted registration costs are $349 for non-Chavarim members; or $249 for Chavarim members. To learn more about the Kallah, CLICK HERE. To learn more about the Mussar Institute, CLICK HERE.

In this time of extreme isolation and concern, perhaps it is the ideal time to turn inward and explore the values that guide, comfort, and inspire our lives.

Mythology of Judaism Class with Rabbi Lotker

Wait – What!  The Delightful & Surprising Mythology of Judaism

Judaism has a rich mythology that is unknown to most of us.  In a series of 5 classes, Rabbi Lotker will introduce the enormous range of classic texts (including Torah, Bible, Talmud, Midrash, Kabbalistic, medieval folklore, and Hasidic) that contribute to this eye-opening treasure.  Subjects will include myths of Angels, the Garden of Eden, the Messiah, Hell, the Angel of Death, Lilith and the Shekinah – the bride of God.  Much of the material will be drawn from Howard Schwartz’s Tree of Souls: the Mythology of Judaism.  

The virtual class will take place on 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 2 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/8190896166