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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
About the Course

Course Overview

The Ten Commandments are one of the most well-known passages of the Bible, and are significant to non-Jewish people as well. During the eight weeks of the course, three primary questions will be explored:

1. What, if anything, is Jewish about the Ten Commandments? Aren’t these ethical principles that have been adopted by most religious communities? Does Judaism understand them in a particular way, or is the foundation of the Jewish religion universalistic in its orientation?

 

 

2. Why these ten? There are many possible ways to articulate a foundational  manifesto of purpose. Yet the Ten Commandments select only ten of hundreds of possible commandments to be conveyed by G-d directly to the Jewish people. What is special about these ten? In what way do each of them represent a sphere of significance?

3. How does this commandment make a difference to your life? Most of us don’t grapple with whether to murder or not, and idol worship is currently out of fashion. Are these ten still of central relevance to us today? Do they continue to speak to us today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Syllabus

Orientation Session

In this session, you will review the goals and requirements of the program.

Lesson One: If You Were G-d

In this lesson, you will examine the structure and order of the ten commandments, and explore its role as the foundation of Jewish thought and modern civilization.

Lesson Two: Who Am I?

In this lesson, you will examine the Jewish concept of G-d and the nature of Jewish belief. You will also investigate the contemporary relevance of the concept of idolatry.

Lesson Three: To Be or Not to Be

This lesson concentrates on the Jewish idea of the Sabbath and sanctity in time. You will become familiar with the basic practices governing the Jewish Sabbath, and you will look at the interplay between the Sabbath and the other days of the week.

Field Trip One

You will have the opportunity to observe and participate in a Shabbat dinner with your instructor.

Lesson Four: The Creators

This lesson looks at how Jewish law codifies the requirement to honor and respect 

parents, and invites you to consider the significance of this commandment to our spiritual development.

 

 

Lesson Five: The Breath of Life

This lesson examines Jewish life ethics governing such issues as murder, suicide, euthanasia, and abortion.

Lesson Six: Born To Marry

This lesson focuses on the Jewish ethics concerning love and marriage.

Field Trip Two

Lesson Seven: For Love or Money ( Do Not Steal; Do Not Covet)

This lesson will explore the relationship between material wealth and how it can be reconciled with ethical values.

Lesson Eight: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth

This lesson focuses on the spiritual meaning of human communication and the
importance of honest and true words. We also examine classical Jewish thinking
regarding the authenticity and truth of the Jewish tradition.

 

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Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, October 16 2007 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 23 2007 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, October 30 2007 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Saturday, November 3 2007 4:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, November 6 2007 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, November 6 2007 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, November 13 2007 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 20 2007 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, November 27 2007 5:00 AM - - 7:00 PM

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, December 2 2007 10:00 AM - - 9:00 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, February 19 2008 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 26 2008 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, March 4 2008 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Saturday, March 8 2008 3:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, March 11 2008 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, March 25 2008 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, April 1 2008 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, April 6 2008 11:00 AM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, April 8 2008 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, April 15 2008 5:00 PM - - 8:00 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, October 6 2008 5:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 27 2008 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Saturday, November 1 2008 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, November 3 2008 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, November 10 2008 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 17 2008 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 24 2008 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, December 1 2008 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, December 7 2008 10:00 AM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, December 8 2008 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 9 2009 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 23 2009 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, March 2 2009 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Saturday, March 7 2009 3:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 23 2009 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 30 2009 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, April 6 2009 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, April 19 2009 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, April 20 2009 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 27 2009 12:00 PM - - 7:00 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, October 19 2009 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 26 2009 1:00 PM - - 1:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, November 2 2009 1:00 PM - - 1:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, November 9 2009 1:00 PM - - 1:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Saturday, November 14 2009 1:00 PM - - 1:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 16 2009 1:00 PM - - 1:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 23 2009 1:00 PM - - 1:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 30 2009 1:00 PM - - 1:00 PM

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, December 6 2009 1:00 PM - - 1:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, December 7 2009 1:00 PM - - 1:00 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 8 2010 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 22 2010 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Saturday, March 6 2010 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, March 8 2010 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 22 2010 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, April 12 2010 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, April 19 2010 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, April 25 2010 12:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, April 26 2010 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, May 3 2010 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Monday, October 18 2010 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 25 2010 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, November 1 2010 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Saturday, November 6 2010 3:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, November 8 2010 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 15 2010 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 22 2010 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 29 2010 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, December 5 2010 1:00 PM - - 1:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, December 6 2010 1:00 PM - - 1:00 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 21 2011 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 28 2011 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, March 7 2011 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 7 2011 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 21 2011 4:00 PM - - 6:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 21 2011 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 28 2011 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, April 4 2011 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, April 10 2011 12:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 11 2011 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, September 26 2011 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 3 2011 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 10 2011 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 24 2011 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Saturday, October 29 2011 3:00 PM - - 5:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, October 31 2011 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 7 2011 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 14 2011 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 20 2011 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 28 2011 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 13 2012 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 27 2012 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, March 5 2012 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 19 2012 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Shabbaton -
Saturday, March 24 2012 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 26 2012 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, April 2 2012 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, April 16 2012 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Field Trip -
Sunday, April 22 2012 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 23 2012 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, October 22 2012 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 29 2012 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, November 5 2012 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Saturday, November 10 2012 3:00 PM - - 5:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, November 12 2012 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 19 2012 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 26 2012 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, December 3 2012 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, December 9 2012 11:00 AM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, December 10 2012 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 11 2013 5:00 PM - - 7:00 AM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 25 2013 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, March 4 2013 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Saturday, March 9 2013 2:00 PM - - 4:00 AM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 11 2013 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, April 8 2013 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, April 15 2013 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, April 22 2013 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 29 2013 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, May 5 2013 12:00 PM - - 7:00 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, October 21 2013 4:45 PM - - 6:45 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 28 2013 4:45 PM - - 6:45 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, November 4 2013 4:45 PM - - 6:45 PM

Shabbaton -
Saturday, November 9 2013 1:00 PM - - 3:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, November 11 2013 4:45 PM - - 6:45 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 18 2013 4:45 PM - - 6:45 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 25 2013 4:45 PM - - 6:45 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, December 2 2013 4:45 PM - - 6:45 PM

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, December 8 2013 12:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, December 9 2013 4:45 PM - - 6:45 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Monday, July 14 2014 4:45 PM - - 6:45 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, July 21 2014 4:45 PM - - 6:45 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, July 28 2014 4:45 PM - - 6:45 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, August 4 2014 4:45 PM - - 6:45 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, August 11 2014 4:45 PM - - 6:45 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, August 18 2014 4:45 PM - - 6:45 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, August 25 2014 4:45 PM - - 6:45 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, September 1 2014 4:45 PM - - 6:45 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Graduation -
Monday, October 20 2014 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Monday, November 3 2014 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, November 10 2014 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, November 17 2014 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, November 24 2014 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, December 1 2014 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, December 8 2014 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, December 15 2014 5:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
this session will be a double session

Lesson 8 -
Monday, December 22 2014 5:00 PM - - 7:00 PM
this session will not happen


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 8 2016 6:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 22 2016 6:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 29 2016 6:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 7 2016 6:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 21 2016 6:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 28 2016 6:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, April 4 2016 6:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, April 10 2016 11:00 AM - - 4:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 11 2016 6:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, April 29 2016 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Field Trip -
Sunday, September 4 2016 11:00 AM - - 4:00 PM

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, September 21 2016 6:00 PM - - 4:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, September 28 2016 6:00 PM - - 4:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 5 2016 6:00 PM - - 7:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 19 2016 6:00 PM - - 7:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, October 26 2016 6:00 PM - - 7:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 2 2016 6:00 PM - - 7:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, November 9 2016 6:00 PM - - 7:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, November 30 2016 6:00 PM - - 7:30 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, December 2 2016 1:00 PM - - 3:00 PM


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