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Me'ah Classic: 100 Hours of Study

Me'ah — Hebrew for 100 — is an intensive Jewish educational experience designed for busy adult learners of all backgrounds.

Participants are immersed in reading core Jewish texts, grappling with concepts representing cultural and political movements from four historical periods — biblical, rabbinic, medieval, and modern.

Class Information:

Rabbi Benjamin Samuels (October 2017-January 2018)
Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg (February 2018-May 2018)

Mondays, 7pm-9pm
Starting October 16, 2017
Held at both Temple Isaiah (Fall) and Temple Emunah (Spring) 

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Me'ah courses comprise 100 hours of class time over two years. As one of the original sites for Me'ah, more than 100 members of Temple Isaiah have completed this extraordinary program with high-level instructors. A new Temple Isaiah/Temple Emunah cohort has been developed for Fall 2015. Please contact Rabbi Amy Hertz, Director of Jewish Living, for more information. The cost per year is $700 for first time registrants and $550 for Me'ah graduates (who are taking Me'ah again). Please consider asking a friend to join with you! Limited scholarship money is available.

Be part of this special cohort at Temple Isaiah and in the greater Boston area.

Me'ah Select

Crucial Moments in Israeli History Through the Lens of Short Stories

Jacob Meskin, PhD
Meets Thursdays 9:30 am-11:30am at Temple Emunah
Fall 2017 class begins October 19, 2017
Cost for 10 sessions: $350

This course aims to introduce students to certain critical moments in the history of the modern state of Israel through short stories. The stories we will read together range from the earliest days of the pioneers to the twenty-first century. Written by men and women, Ashkenazim and Sefardim/Mizrachim, Jews and Arabs, secularists and traditionalists, these stories open up for us uniquely visceral and imaginative windows on many of the compelling events that have shaped the history of Israel. Although our focus each week will be on the stories, excerpts from various academic and secondary sources will also be supplied, in order to provide historical background for the setting of each story.  Depending on logistical considerations we may also screen one or two Israeli films, which tie in to some of the stories. The idea for this course arose from the instructor's observation that busy adult students often find well-written short stories more useful in crystallizing the central conflicts, prevailing dynamics, and crucial issues in Israeli history than academic writings.

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The Teachings of Hasidism

David Ariel, PhD

Meets Thursdays 9:30am-11:30 am at Temple Isaiah
Winter/Spring 2018 class begins February 1st, 2018
Cost for 10 sessions: $350

This course will explore the spiritual teachings of Hasidism and the major figures of Hasidism and its modern interpreters. The major figures include the Baal Shem Tov, the Maggid of Mezritch, Levi Isaac of Berditchev, Nahman of Braslav, Shneur Zalman of Liadi (Habad-Lubavitch), Martin Buber, and others. Topics will include pantheism, mystical union, ecstatic prayer, self-transcendence, worshiping God through the evil impulse, and the role of the Hasidic master rabbi.

Fri, March 23 2018 7 Nisan 5778