The KULANU Adult education class will resume on Sunday, September 23. This class meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30-11:00 a.m. whenever Religious School is in session. We have studied a wide variety of subjects. We studied the message of our Prophets, the text of the Torah with modern and traditional commentaries, the Apocrypha which contains books not included in our Tanaach. We also studied the history of the Jews of Spain and then the Jews of Ashkenaz.
This year we will begin with the study of the Ethics of the Fathers, the Pirkei Avot. This is a small section from the Mishneh Avot which is part of Nezikin. The text deals with the sayings of our sages dealing with ethical and moral principles. There are no binding laws in this tractate. Many of the maxims are well known and many form the lyrics for popular Hebrew songs. It is customary to study a chapter of Avot every Shabbat between Passover and Shavuot. For this reason, many traditional Siddurim, prayer books, contain the six chapters in their totality. Following the completion of Ethics of our Fathers, we will study the history of our people from the destruction of the First Temple and the Babylonian exile.
All are welcome to attend the class. There are no prerequisites and the class is conducted in English with accompanying handouts.
There is a nominal fee. Please see Joan in the school office to register.
Looking forward to an exciting learning experience this coming year.
Miriam Kraemer Gray, Educator