Great Debates in Jewish History – final session

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28 November 2017, 8.00pm | £15


Following the incredible of success of the “Survival of a nation” course we are delighted to bring you

“Great Debates in Jewish History”

A new six weeks course by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute starting on Tuesday the 24th October at 8pm.

Course Overview

Debate is not only encouraged within Judaism but resides at the very heart of our history and theology. Great Debates in Jewish History explores six fundamental conflicts that pitted the greatest Jewish minds against each other—six instances of divergent perspectives, including several that are still debated today.

Discover stirring and surprising accounts that span two millennia of Jewish disputation, reflecting the panorama of Jewish history and its monumental political, ethical, and spiritual challenges. Encounter the gripping narratives of six fascinating eras, the intellectual tension and points of view they unearth, and the light they shed on the most fundamental of Jewish beliefs.

Lesson Six – 28th November
Separation of Church and State – Religion in Public vs Religion as a Private Affair

A 1989 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, permitting public menorah displays, deeply divided the Jewish world. Is religion designed to be a personal and private affair, or one to be paraded in the public domain? What presents a greater challenge to Judaism: the supremacy of a conflicting religion, or the predominance of irreligiosity? Where does Judaism stand on the separation of church and state?

Location: De Laszlo Hall, Maresfield Gardens NW3 (opposite South Hampstead girls School)