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6 life-changing (& world-changing) Jewish values

Judaism's Gifts to the World

What would the world look like without the input of Jewish values?

Join us to unpack six of the world’s most cherished values and how they were delivered to humankind by the Torah. By tracing their fascinating journey to the mainstream, we’ll discover a timeless core of purpose, integrity, and clarity in each value—a powerful gift of guidance as we navigate our own daily choices.
 
6 Sundays, starting February 2, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm  at Bais Chabad of West Bloomfield, 5595 W. Maple Rd. W. Bloomfield, MI 48322.
(complimentary breakfast served)
 
6 Tuesdays, starting November 4, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Hillel Day School, 32200 Middlebelt Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334.
 
Classes taught by Rabbi Shneur Silberberg. 
 

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Guest presentations by  Professor Howard Lupovitch, Cantor Michael SmolashChef Hunny Khordorkovsky and Organic Farmer Shmuel Simonowitz. Each will each speak at one of the classes and discuss the impact of Judaism in the fields they have excelled in.
 
All are welcome to try out the first class at no charge
All are welcome to alternate between the Sunday and Tuesday classes
 
Cost: $80 (includes textbook) 
Scholarships available thanks to the Kosins Family Foundation
 
Reserve to rabbishneur@baischabad.com or  online here
 
Questions? Email or call Rabbi Shneur Silberberg 248-855-6170
 

Preview to the six classes/topics: 

Lesson 1 
The Gift of Social Responsibility
To the ancients, poverty and suffering were unfortunate facts of life for the unlucky to bear alone. It was the Torah that introduced the radical concept of social responsibility. So, what’s the true nature of that responsibility? Whose is it? And how should I relate to those receiving my help?
 
Lesson 2
The Gift of A Guiding Purpose
Abraham, the first Jew, discovered something that shook the foundations of the pagan society around him: there was one—only one—G‑d, Creator of Heaven and earth. Monotheism drastically changed the way humanity has viewed life, purpose, and progress ever since. Discover how.
 
Lesson 3
The Gift of Respect for Life
It might seem axiomatic that human life is valuable, but a hard look at history reveals that the concept was once considered utterly radical. To discover how respect for life became a universal value, we’ll explore the underlying questions: What makes us human? And what are we here to do?
 
Lesson 4
The Gift of Equality and Individuality
Mastery over others was long deemed a birthright: some were born to rule; others to be ruled. Today, civil people agree that no one is intrinsically inferior or superior. This shift is thanks to the Torah’s revelation that we are all equally created in G‑d’s image: just as G‑d cannot be redundant, no human can be.
 
Lesson 5
The Gift of Work/Life Balance
Originally, those who labored did so endlessly. The Torah introduced us to Shabbat, mandating that Jewish people pause from work for a full day each week to focus on life’s purpose, on worship, and on family. As the modern world begins to recognize the benefits of Shabbat, our call to set aside that time of focus is more critical than ever.
 
Lesson 6
The Gift of Escaping the Cycle
Early societies considered human history locked in an endless cycle of war, conquest, peace, and more war. The Torah insists otherwise: we can, must, and will change the world for the better; war will eventually cease; justice and kindness will ultimately prevail. Today’s world is more eager than ever to hear this empowering message. Our closing lesson will suggest ways we can share it.