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A Jewish Spiritual Journey Presented by Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael of Springfield

Rabbi Ron Isaacs - The "Teaching RabbI" Credits: Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael

Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael of Springfield Presents: A Jewish Spiritual Journey

With The Claire and Arthur Falkin Scholar-in-Residence

Rabbi Ron Isaacs

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What happens after I die: Jewish Views of Life, Death and the World Beyond the Grave

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 7pm

Biblical and rabbinic views of the afterlife. Does Judaism believe in a heaven and hell? What is a soul? Reincarnation in Jewish mysticism. Transmigration of souls .Are ghosts and spirits to be believed?The dybbuk and Jewish exorcism. Resurrection of the body and soul. These and other topics will be discussed and debated in this experiential class that will include handouts of text for study and discussion.

Judaism, Magic and Superstition

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7pm

Based on Rabbi Isaacs book “Divination, Magic and Healing, the class will examine the role of magic and superstition in Jewish life cycle events, including Naming, Circumcision, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Marriage and Death and Dying. Other topics will include Jewish astrology, demons and evil spirits, amulets, divination and sorcery in the Bible and Talmud.

Bubbe Meises: Jewish Myths, Jewish Realities

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7pm

Jews have had a long and illustrious history. Over the centuries many misunderstandings, myths, misconceptions and bubbe meises (old wives’ tales) have been circulated and handed down. This class will examine some of the more interesting bubbe meises and how they have influenced Jewish living.


Do Animals Have Souls? A Pet Lover’s Guide to Spirituality

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 7pm

Based on his latest book Do Animals have souls, Rabbi Ron, a long time pet owner, will examine the biblical and rabbinic views of animals, owning a pet, the Jewish view of animals’ souls and the afterlife, whether one can sit shiva or recite Mourner’s Kaddish for a pet, blessing one’s pet, and many ethical questions related to the animal kingdom, including watching a horse race, using animals for medical research, hunting animals for sport, and animal rights in general.

There will also be an opportunity to talk to Rabbi Ron Isaacs, a native of Toronto Canada, he has recently become the Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater New Jersey, where he has served for the past 40 years. Known as the “teaching rabbi”, he has used his creative talents in both the Temple’s Religious School, Hebrew High School and award winning adult education program. He has written more than 100 books, including his most recent, a childrens’ Hanukkah book titled Farmer Kobi’s Hanukkah.

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