Sunday 17 June, 10:30am
with Mannie Gross
How did Halacha originate? Mannie will discuss the history in terms of how the Written and Oral Laws developed and whether, in order justify the Oral Law, did the rabbis tell a “porky”?
There Is More Than One Way To Be Jewish. In more recent times a variety of new strands and expressions of Judaism have developed including Reconstructionism which Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky will address, Atheist-Humanist which Mark Cherny will talk to, and Rebecca Forgasz will look at Secular-Cultural Jewish identity. There is of course a great history in common and a lot of overlap but also a richness and diversity of what we might call ‘grown-up Judaism’! And there will be time for your questions!
Rabbi Jonathan introduces the few relevant texts and shows it is by no means as clear cut a matter as you may have thought. Kiddush Hashem (‘sanctification of God’s name’ – dying to preserve God’s values) is not only lauded but mandated in certain situations, and the death penalty is liberally mandated.
Discussion will run until 12pm, with coffee break.
LBC host an Open Week-end of activities, discussion and learning. Join us as we welcome the wider community and celebrate Chanukah together!
Sunday 26 November, 10:00AM
Join Rabbi Jonathan as he introduces The Secret Book of Kings, an international bestseller by an Israeli biblical scholar, teacher and author Yochi Brandes. The book is a biblical epic filled with court intrigue, romance, and rebellion.
Bagels at 10am; readings 10:30am-12 noon.