Rabbi Klein will be teaching October - May
at the Max M. Fisher Jewish Federation Building,
6735 Telegraph Rd. Bloomfield Hills MI 48301.
For registration information and course fees
call 248-205-2557 or go to www.jewishdetroit.org/feded
Monday Evenings at the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit
7-8:30 pm, Eight Weeks beginning October 31
Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed
Moses ben Maimon (1138-1204), known as Maimonides and Rambam, was an Aristotelian religious rationalist who did not believe that God had direct contact with or influence in our world, which put him in conflict with the Jewish Biblical literalists of his day. In his Guide for/of the Perplexed, he affirms that there can be no contradiction between the religious truths about God and the findings of the human mind in science and philosophy. Maimonides was harshly criticized by Ashkenazi rabbinic authorities and his Guide was banned. Rabbi Klein will discuss selected readings from the Guide.
Wednesday Mornings at the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit
9:30-11 am, Twelve Weeks beginning September 21
A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament
The three “Synoptic Gospels” of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and the fourth unique Gospel of John separately tell the story of Jesus, his mission and message to the Jews. Paul’s New Testament Epistles are the earliest record of the “Jesus Movement”. The gospels will be examined for their perspectives on Jews and Judaism and as windows into the development and evolution of the early church. Paul’s letters will be read to understand how his theology, a blending of Hellenistic thought and Jewish history, explain his “conversion” and impact on the community of Jesus-believers in the late 1st Century. Students should bring a copy of the New Testament.
Wednesday Evenings at the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit
7-8:30 pm, Eight Weeks beginning October 26
Exploring the Psalms
This course will closely examine selected Biblical psalms with a focus on their structure, word-play and literary sophistication. The Psalms have become an important part of our Jewish liturgy and for the Christian community. The poetry and theology of the Psalms transcend their almost 3000 year history. It is significant that the Psalter (the Book of Psalms) was a the first book ever printed in the American colonies--The Bay Psalm Book. Though the Hebrew texts of the Psalms will be referenced, Hebrew ability is not required. Students should bring their own Bible.
Rabbi Klein is Adjunct Professor at Oakland University, Marygrove College and Rochester College.
Introduction to Judaism, Oakland University, Fall Semester, 2016
The Book of Genesis, Oakland University, Winter 2017
The Book of Genesis, Rochester College, Winter 2017
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High Holiday Services, Grosse Pointe Jewish Council
October 2-3 and 11-12, 2016
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April 23, 2017
Superman's Secret Identity -- The Jewish Origins of our Comic-Book Superheroes