Temple Isaiah classes for adults exploring Jewish life, history, and practice.

Ethics Syllabus

Note:  Some learners find it helpful to read before class, some prefer to do readings after hearing about the topic in class.  Do what works for you.

PART 1:  MONEY & THE MENSCH: JEWISH ETHICS & PERSONAL FINANCE

Texts for Part 1 will be in the form of class handouts. You may want to bring a binder to collect them.

9/29 – Welcome!   Come prepared to talk about why this class interests you.

10/6– What do we mean by “Ethics,” exactly?

10/13 – What makes a system of ethics Jewish?

10/20 – Jews & Money – Why is the topic so “loaded?”

10/27 – The Men of Sodom (story)

11/03 – Munbaz II of Adiabene (story)

11/10 – Jewish Ethics & Tzedakah

11/17 – The Torah Scholar (story)

11/24 – Jewish Ethics & Consumption

12/8 – The Accountant’s Tale (story)

12/15 – Jewish Ethics, Saving & Investment

PART 2:  PIRKEI AVOT – FUNDAMENTALS OF JEWISH ETHICS

1/5 – Welcome! What is Pirkei Avot, anyway?

1/12 – The Chain of Tradition (Text, Chapter 1)

1/26 – What is the Proper Path? (Text, Chapter 2)

2/2 – What is the Proper Path? Part 2 (Text, Chapter 2)

2/9 – Our Origins, Our Destiny (Text, Chapter 3)

2/23 – Our Origins, Our Destiny, Part 2  (Text, Chapter 3)

3/2 – Who is Wise? (Text, Chapter 4)

3/9 –Who is Wise? Part 2  (Text, Chapter 4)

3/23 – The World Was Created with Ten Words (Text, Chapter 5)

4/6– The World Was Created with Ten Words, Part 2 (Text, Chapter 5)

4/13 – Wisdom Literature & Common Sense (Text, Chapter 6)

4/27 – Words of the Wise (Text, Chapter 6)

 

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