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Posted May 31, 2018.
2018 Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS), Tuesday, July 3 - Thursday, July 12, 2018
Our societies in America and in Israel are falling short of achieving our ethical aspirations. The demise of civil discourse, widespread cynicism about democratic principles, and misbehavior by flawed leaders are a few of the central symptoms of this gap between our professed values and our lived reality.
How can Jewish values inform our conversation about the dilemmas posed by this widening gap?
Join us this summer for a timely exploration of character development and ethical leadership in the Jewish tradition.
We will address central moral challenges and questions:
- How can Jewish values help us to inculcate virtue in ourselves, in our leaders, and in our society?
- How does religion contribute to today’s challenges, and how can religion contribute to confronting said challenges?
- How do we develop empathy in a social media culture of quick response and social commentary?
- How should we address the relationship between power and corruption, charisma and narcissism?
- What is the role of the bystander and the critic in creating a moral society?
- What are the boundaries of punishment, forgiveness and public repentance?
About Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar
Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS) is an annual 10-day study program that enriches rabbis of all denominations and nurtures their capacity to inspire their communities.
Rabbis play a pivotal role in determining the direction and quality of Jewish life. In order to realize the full potential of their roles, rabbis need to cultivate spiritual and intellectual vibrancy and excellence.
They require ongoing learning, personal growth, and new ideas for communal reflection and stimulation.
Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar offers a rare opportunity for rabbinic leaders of all denominations to study together in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
Participants explore the contemporary issues facing the Jewish people and elevate their leadership through transformative learning - hevruta study, lectures, small group seminars, peer workshops, tiyyulim, and evening programs.
RTS teaching staff includes leading Hartman Institute scholars such as Donniel Hartman, Yehuda Kurtzer, Israel Knohl, Micah Goodman, and Melila Hellner-Eshed, in addition to key figures in world Jewry.
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For more information on the Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar, please contact Marlene Houri
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