During a period of partisan zeal and assault, too many succumb to the temptation to jettison decency and righteousness for a short term victory. Exploring the wisdom of the Torah, to “love your neighbor as yourself,” Rabbi Artson dives deep into the fusion of the personal and the communal, the private and the public. Future rabbis — and all who love virtue and goodness — have a duty to double down on truth, on strengthening character, personal integrity, human dignity (our own and each other’s), and on implementing love as justice.
Listen in with the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies for a lively Lunch & Learn! Students grill Rabbi Artson on creating an ethics curriculum for government service, responding to Prime Minister Netanyahu inviting a Kahane party into a future coalition, fighting addictions to technology, making Judaism egalitarian, limits to human knowledge, why is Siri gendered!
Listen in as Rabbi Artson and the Ziegler students discuss what it means to study Torah, inheriting Judaism from one’s parents, matrilineal & patrilineal, the role of prayer, ways that human choices alter history (or don’t), what Conservative Judaism can do to energize itself, and questions of gender!
Rabbi Artson offers an Opening Address for the new spring semester, enlisting the Ziegler students to resist the false bifurcation of Judaism — either social justice or spiritual depth — and instead to integrate the two into a way of life that is resilient, splendid, and transformative!
Join Rabbi Artson and the lively crew of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies as we explore: will apps replace rabbis? why is ArtScroll so awesome? (rare words of praise from a Conservative rabbi!), where is the line for unacceptable behavior? How do we balance online privacy and ethics? How do we find resilience in catastrophe? What is the meaning of a Hanukkah candle possibly causing the burning of a Capetown synagogue? and most important of all … do hotdogs count as a sandwich?
Listen in as Rabbi Artson and the students of the Ziegler School explore: what would you wish you could change in the Torah? Gun control? Donations from a bad person? Is Los Angeles the Diaspora? Is Tel Aviv? What’s new in Jewish Philosophy? Rabbis working outside of congregations? Must converts believe in God? Connecting the work of social justice and personal growth?