CLINTON TWP., NJ - Engage in a brain-twisting, mind-wrestling, hair-splitting experience as you explore modern situations and the complex dilemmas they give rise to while you seek solutions by examining original Talmudic texts.
Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m., Rabbi Eli Kornfeld of Chabad of Hunterdon County will offer a new six-session course from the called The Dilemma: Modern Conundrums. Talmudic Debates. Your Solutions.
In an example of one such conundrum, Tesla Motors is currently programming self-driving cars for instances when death is inevitable. Should they program the cars to swerve and avoid killing more pedestrians, but kill one whose life was previously not endangered? Should it favor the lives of pedestrians over passengers? Should it favor the lives of younger people over those who are older? And should owners be given the ability to determine these settings?
In another example relating to the recently popularized Pokémon Go mobile app: Should the game’s creators be held liable in the hundreds of cases of trespassing and damages that were incurred because of Pokémon characters negligently programmed to be found on private properties?
“In The Dilemma we encounter fascinating, real-life conundrums; situations in which your gut instinctively responds one way, but your brain tells you quite the opposite,” explained Kornfeld. “To solve these dilemmas, participants are asked to break into study groups and explore hair-splitting Talmudic arguments that participants then debate and apply to solve the cases using new, interactive polling technology.”
“The Dilemma is a mental expedition in which participants mind-wrestle with situations that force them to choose between two reasonable truths,”
“I find people in Hunterdon love having the opportunity to engage in social discourse, particularly when it involves fascinating intellectual challenges and hot topics such as Pokémon Go and Tesla’s self-driving cars. This is by far the most captivating course we’ve ever offered and I encourage everyone to attend.”
The Dilemma is CLE accredited in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for continuing legal education credits for attorneys and others in the legal profession.
Like all programs offered at Chabad, thecourse is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.
The course will take place at Chabad of Hunterdon located at 90 Beaver Ave. here. Interested students may call 908-238-9002 or visit www.jewishhunterdon.com/JLI for registration and for other course-related information.