The Sacred Patterns Which Connect: A New Integration of Judaism and Ecological Thinking
Program: Hebrew College Me’ah Select
Instructor: Rabbi Natan Margalit (Read Bio)
Dates: 5 Thursdays, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 & 11/9
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $225, financial aid is available
Hosted by: Hebrew College
The multiple global crises we face, from climate change to a culture of addiction to threats to democracy will not be solved by technical fixes alone but will take a deep shift in our worldview. Jewish tradition, which prioritizes relationships and connection in our sacred stories and communities, can promote a paradigm shift from either/or thinking to pattern thinking which connect us all, even while we maintain our unique identities. In this course, we will draw from the deep well of Jewish wisdom to demonstrate the ecological nature of ancient Jewish thinking and how it can be integrated with cutting-edge ecological thinking, creating a powerful new synthesis.
We will read sections of Rabbi Margalit’s new book, The Pearl and the Flame: A Journey into Jewish Wisdom and Ecological Thinking as well as background readings from Jewish sources and contemporary writers such as Wendell Berry, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Michael Pollan, Mary Douglas and more. Some of the readings may be changed and others added depending on the interests of the class.
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