A New Lunchtime Text Study Opportunity for Faculty and Staff

Submitted by Debra Goldstein on March 1, 2010

A 4-part text study series on the Foundations of Jewish Ethics kicked off on Thursday, January 28, 2010 in the McGrath Commons of the Egan Chapel. Co-sponsored by the Office of the University Chaplain and the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, this series of lunchtime (12:30-1:30 p.m.) discussions for faculty and staff explores with Rabbi Debra Goldstein some key Jewish texts that form the origins and foundations of Jewish ethics.

The first session focused on the Laws of Torah, and explored selections from Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy. The group examined the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20), the Covenant with God (Exodus 24), the Holiness Code (Leviticus 19), and Deuteronomy 30:15-20 to explore the idea that the foundations of Jewish ethics are the free will covenant entered into to act in emulation of God’s holiness in all aspects of our everyday lives; to choose to act, in partnership with God, to protect and perpetuate God’s presence in the world.

The following sessions will explore the following texts:

Thursday, February 25th: Exhortations of the Prophets
Thursday, March 25th: Teachings of the Rabbis
Thursday, April 22nd: Maimonides’ Eight Steps of Giving

All faculty and staff are invited to join. Contact Rabbi Debra Goldstein with any questions at dgoldstein@fairfield.edu or x2267.

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