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Explore secrets of the Bible

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:16 PDT, Wed October 21, 2020

Chabad Richmond will be offering a new six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute called Secrets of the Bible: Iconic Stories, Mystical Meanings, and Their Lessons for Life.

The course will be offered both in-person, to a limited audience (following COVID-19 restrictions) at 4775 Blundell Rd. and online via Zoom. In-person and Zoom classes both begin Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m., and the Zoom recording will be accessible online for six days after each class. Cost is $95 per person or $160 for a couple and includes a textbook. Classes are 90 minutes long. To register and for more information call 604-277-6427 or visit www.ChabadRichmond.com/JLI.

“People tend to read biblical stories like they do mythology,” said Rabbi Yechiel Baitelman of Chabad Richmond, the local instructor. “Our course invites participants to look deeper and discover the underlying themes and relevant life lessons these stories were designed to convey.”

The course presents a unique way of reading the stories of Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge, Noah and the great flood, the lifelong feud between Jacob and Esau, Joseph’s multicoloured coat, the golden calf, and Korah’s rebellion. Each of these stories answers the questions: What is the deeper meaning behind the story? How does it shape the Jewish worldview? What wisdom does it hold for us today?

Throughout the six sessions, Secrets of the Bible explores major life themes, including human subjectivity and bias; the underpinnings of relationships; negotiating spiritual growth with practical impact; why inspiration is fleeting and how to make it last; understanding equality and privilege; and navigating parallel spiritual and material life paths.   

Secrets of the Bible is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. This course is open to the public, and attendees don’t need to be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship. 

“These biblical stories come alive as their deeper meanings and insights are revealed. They hold the key to life lessons for us all,” said Rabbi Baitelman. “I encourage you to sign up for this thought-provoking course that’s sure to deepen your understanding of Judaism and enrich your life. You are welcome to try the first class for free with no obligation,” added Baitelman.

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