With Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
In this course we will read Heschel's "God, Torah and Israel" and examine closely the sources he read and loved. Each session will include an introduction to an essential title from Heschel's Playlist, such as the Zohar, the Midrash, or the Talmud. There will be meditation on a selected Heschel text from his many writings and discussion of the provocative ideas found in "God, Torah and Israel."
Hasid, scholar, philosopher, and social justice activist; Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was born in Poland, educated in Germany, persecuted by Nazi Germany, and found refuge in America. He argued that the religious experience is a fundamentally human impulse, not just a Jewish one, and that no religious community can claim a monopoly on religious truth.
On "God, Torah and Israel" Heschel wrote, "The purpose of this essay is an effort to clarify the relationship of God and Torah in the light of classical rabbinic literature." Heschel sought to harmonize these principles in the spirit of the Baal Shem Tov, who taught, "I came to teach love of God, love of Israel, and love of Torah."
In partnership with Lehrhaus Judaica.
About the instructor:
Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan, who served for 20 years as rabbi and senior educator at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, assumed his duties as Rabbi and Senior Educator for Lehrhaus Judaica in October 2010. The Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation sponsors this new senior executive position.
Rabbi Wolf-Prusan teaches classical texts in such Lehrhaus programs as Bible by the Bay, Learning and Leadership (for Federation lay leaders meeting in private homes), and other venues. He will also work in the areas of museum partnership, émigré education, and parallel learning for day school parents, weekend retreats, and family tours to Israel. In addition, the national Covenant Award winner will assist the institution with fundraising and strategic planning.
After volunteering in Israel 1973-1974, Peretz came to the Bay Area to teach art at UAHC Camp Swig and study at the San Francisco Art Institute. He taught Jewish folklore and Hebrew calligraphy when Lehrhaus began 37 years ago!
After a decade of creating Ketubot, printmaking, working in informal education, he, along with Becki and one-year-old Leora, traveled back to Israel in 1985 to learn at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and became a rabbi in 1990 (best of all, along the way, added Avital and Noah to the family). He is the only graduate of HUC-JIR with an undergraduate degree in experimental art.
At Emanu-El, he was commissioned to spearhead the revitalization of the Congregation's education program. He developed a nationally recognized family education program currently serving over 600 students and their families and directed the Tauber Jewish Studies Program, a program of the Madeleine Haas Russell Institute of Jewish Learning.
Peretz has continued his learning at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and with the Consortium for Jewish Family Education
Tuesday, Jan 14 - Tuesday, Apr 08
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
No class: Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 04, Feb 11, Feb 18, Mar 04, Mar 18, Apr 01
Member fee: $ 75.00
Non-member fee: $ 85.00