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Shabbat Text Study with Rabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson

Saturday, November 19, 2022 25 Cheshvan 5783

9:30 AM - 10:30 AMTBT Social Hall

Religious School parents, congregants, and visitors are invited to learn with our scholar-in-residence, Rabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson with this special text study on the topic of "Mystical Tripping: the Aleinu and Kabbalah." At the end of every service, Jewish prayer books conclude with Aleinu. But did you know that this ancient prayer hints at Rabbi Akiva, a talmudic sage from two thousand years ago, who claimed that he was part of a heavenly service led by a female angel? What can modern people mean when we tap into the metaphor of an angelic worship circle? Are we also angels for each other?"

 

Rabbi Dr Bradley Shavit Artson (www.bradartson.com) holds the Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean's Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and is Vice President of American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Rabbi Artson has long been a passionate advocate for social justice, human dignity, diversity and inclusion. He wrote a book on Jewish teachings on war, peace and nuclear annihilation in the late 80s, became a leading voice advocating for GLBT marriage and ordination in the 90s, and has published and spoken widely on environmental ethics, special needs inclusion, racial and economic justice, cultural and religious dialogue and cooperation, and working for a just and secure peace for Israel and the Middle East. A member of the Philosophy Department, he is particularly interested in theology, ethics, and the integration of science and religion. He mentors Camp Ramah in California in Ojai and Ramah of Northern California in the Bay Area. He is also dean of the Zacharias Frankel College in Potsdam, Germany, ordaining Conservative rabbis for Europe. A frequent contributor for the Huffington Post, the Times of Israel, and a Contributing Writer for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, he has a public figure Facebook page with over 70,000 likes. Rabbi Artson is the author of 12 books and over 250 articles, most recently Renewing the Process of Creation: A Jewish Integration of Science and Spirit. Married to Elana Artson, they are the proud parents of twins, Jacob and Shira.

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