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Melton Winter Classes at Shir Tikvah

This Winter at Shir Tikvah
2 New Melton Spotlight Classes!

Troubling Texts of the Torah
with Jan Rabinowitch
Thursdays, Jan. 9-Feb 4, 7:00-8:15 p.m., 5 sessions, at Shir Tikvah, $90
The Tanakh contains some troubling texts, troubling because they contradict themselves, contain content that goes against 21st century sensibilities, or violate long-cherished ideas about what the Bible says. A close reading of the stories can leave us scratching our heads: what’s up with the account of 74 people not only “seeing” but picnicking with God? What was Lot really doing with his daughters in the story of Sodom if not handing them over to be raped? Did Hagar and Ishmael have any legal rights? What’s the devastating conclusion to the Akedah that we refuse to recognize? Why did God prefer Abel’s offering and what did Cain say to his brother before killing him? And really, exactly how many pairs of animals did Noah take on the ark? These are a few of the questions we will raise and attempt to answer as we take a look at some of the more challenging, and often overlooked, details in these familiar stories. Bring your Tanakh and a willingness to be surprised!

Mysticism and Kabbalah
with Rabbi Ariel Stone
Thursdays, Feb. 13-March 13, 7:00-8:15 p.m., 5 sessions, at Shir Tikvah, $90
Insights into the Modern Spiritual Search from Ancient Mystical Sources! Join Rabbi Ariel Stone for five fascinating weeks of exploring Talmudic, medieval, and early modern Jewish mystical texts offering insights into our own modern Jewish spiritual journey. No Hebrew necessary. We will be studying from this text: Because All Is One

Register online at www.meltonportland.org or contact Rachel Pollak at 503-384-2476 or [email protected] Sign up early to ensure your class runs!

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