Encountering God: More Explorations in Jewish Theology
with Rabbi Adam Zeff
Sundays at 10 AM - April 8, 15, 22 & 29
$80/GJC members, $95/non members
Is God an active force in human life or a transcendent source beyond human experience? Is what is written about God in the Torah literal truth, metaphorical suggestion, or mystical hinting? Do our rational minds lead us to God or does our rationality stand in the way of finding the divine? And how can understandings of God influence our lives? In this class we will explore some of the many different ways that Jewish thinkers have answered these and other questions about the nature and meaning of the divine. No prior theological experience is necessary, and all texts will be studied in English. (Note: Those who took our Jewish Theology class in 2015-16 will find new material that they can approach with added depth.)
Rabbi Adam Zeff has served as Rabbi at the Germantown Jewish Centre since 2010, after previously serving as Assistant Rabbi (2007- 2010) and Student Rabbi (2002-2007). In his pre-rabbinic life, he was a cultural anthropologist who lived in South India for several years studying the connections between music, media, and society. A native Californian, he spent a “gap year” in Israel before coming east for college, and he received a B.A. in Anthropology from Yale University in 1990, a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, and rabbinictiordina on from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in 2007.