Classes on Science & Religion and the Afterlife
When: Wednesday evenings, May 5th through 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (you will get class reminders and alerts of changes -if any)
Can Bring a Friend? Sure! Just pass along this e-mail
“Science and Religion: Conflicts Confusion and Clarity” (May 5, 12, & 19)
Join us as we explore the intersection of the worlds of science and religion. We will touch on everything from Quantum Mechanics to Kabbalah and Revelation to Relativity and even Einstein to Rashi. I will discuss how my religious faith is informed and strengthened by my scientific training and 30-year career as a physicist. I will present the evidence for God’s existence, the truth of the Bible, the question of how a good and loving God can allow evil and tragedy in the world and the question of why be religious. You don’t need to review your Calculus or Aramaic or even bring your slide rules. Just bring an open mind and lots of questions.
What Happens After I Die? – Jewish Views of the Afterlife ( May 26, June 2 & 9)
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.