Every Day is Purim: Mysticism for a Broken World


Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Texts and Traditions
Aron Wander (Read bio)
Day and Time: Sundays, 12:30 – 2 p.m. Eastern
Dates: 2/19, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/16, 2023 (6 sessions)
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $216 Generous financial scholarships available
Partner Organization: Temple Emunah, Lexington

What resources does Judaism offer for living in a broken world? Though we often see Purim as a “happy” holiday, the Purim story is quite dark: the Jews find themselves at the mercy of powerful, chaotic forces. Though the heroes of the story are able to save their people, they only succeed thanks to several fortuitous coincidences.

Of all the holidays, then, Purim is the one that perhaps most directly addresses the challenges of living in a world that’s out of our control.

In “Every Day Is Purim: Mysticism for a Broken World,” we’ll explore Hasidic interpretations of Purim that offer ways of grappling with and even embracing the world’s brokenness. Their creative theologies will help us address our own critical spiritual questions: is there a “believable” theology we can turn to in the midst of despair? And (how) can we find joy in the midst of catastrophe?

Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning is for learners of all backgrounds.