What is? Rethinking Everything we Know About Our Universe. A fascinating, new six-session course by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute
Imagine
 

that you were able to rethink everything you knew about the universe, the laws of nature, your own consciousness, and the very idea of existence and reality. Imagine the new insights you will gain, the fresh perspective with which you will embark on the journey of life each morning.

 

What is? does exactly that. Drawing on the wisdom of Chassidic teaching, the most basic building blocks of existence are reexamined from the bottom up, revolutionizing our understanding of life, reality, and our place in the world.

When

Wednesday Mornings 
9:45-11:15 am
Beginning 9th of May 2018

Wednesday Evenings
7:15-8:45 pm
Beginning 9th of May 2018
 

Fee

R599 (textbook included)
15% couples discount
Join the first class free
Subsidies Available

Location

Chabad House
27 Aintree Ave
Savoy Estate, 2090

 

Kirsh Goodness & Kindess Cntr
8 Stella Street
Sandton (opp Gautrain) 
 


Contact

011.440.6600
jli@chabad.org.za

 
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What is? Course Overview
 
 
 

IS THE WORLD REAL?

Everything that we experience, we experience inside our heads, leading to the intriguing question: Maybe there is no existence outside of our minds? But perhaps a more fundamental question would be: What practical difference does it make if the world is real or not?

IS TIME TRAVEL POSSIBLE?

Is time the engine that drives the whole of existence, or is it just a product of our subjective experience? If the future is impenetrable, the past irretrievable, and the present moment too fleeting to meaningfully inhabit, what part of our lives can we call our own?

WHY DOES EVIL EXIST?

Why do bad things happen to good people? The question has been asked—and answered—for thousands of years. But even if we understood the purpose of evil, would this make it more palatable and acceptable? Would it aid us in our efforts to defeat evil?

WHO IS G-D?

What are we talking about when we talk about G‑d? Is “G‑d” just a word we use when we can’t explain something? If G‑d cannot be explained or described, does this not render the concept of “belief in G‑d” completely meaningless?

WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS?

All injustice and strife, and even personal unhappiness, can be traced to selfishness. Yet self-esteem is essential for a healthy psyche and a productive life. To navigate this paradox, we first need to unravel the mystery of self-awareness: Where does our sense of self come from?

ARE WE BOUND BY FATE?

If G‑d already knows what we will do tomorrow, is our “free choice” nothing more than an illusion? And with so many powerful influences outside of our control—or even our awareness—influencing our choices, how “free” could they possibly be?

 
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