I’m very happy to announce that this July JewsByChoice.org will be offering our first online learning opportunity for members of our community! This is uncharted territory for us, but I’m confident that we can make this a fun and successful event.
THE ETHICS OF THE RAMBAM: Rambam´s introduction to his commentary on MIshna Avot is one of the first attempts to establish a productive dialogue between the Jewish ethical tradition of the Bible and Talmud with the psychological and philosophical ideas about behavior and happiness of his age. In these “Eight Chapters” (as this introduction is called), the Rambam gives one of his most detailed explanations of his ideas about the human soul, psyche, and how its different elements combine with the revealed tradition as a guide to proper action, happiness, and the fulfillment of humanity´s final goals.
METHODOLOGY: In the four sessions, we will address the entirety of the text of the Eight Chapters. The text must be prepared beforehand either individually or in chevrutah (partnered study). In the second half of the class, the questions posed by the students will guide a discussion which hopefully will elicit contemporary readings and applications of this timeless text.
Course Tittle: The Ethics of the Rambam
Dates: Wed July 6, 13, 20, 27 optionally adding Aug 3 if needed.
Time: 6:30pm Pacific (each session will last approximately 90 minutes)
Delivery Method/Location: Online using WizIQ.com
Tech Requirements: Computer with internet access as well as an active account with WizIQ.com which is available free of charge.
Also, participants will need to sign up (for free) on the wiziq.com system before the class. If they want to participate by asking questions live during the class (not just by typing their questions), they should have a computer with a microphone or a headset/microphone combo.
Cost: Before May 31st: $10 + Small registration fee – After: June 1st: $15 + Small registration fee
Other Details: Space is limited to 12 participants and we require a minimum of 6 participants for the class to take place.
About the Instructor
Rabbi Juan Mejía was born in Bogotá, Colombia. After discovering the Jewish roots of his family, he embarked on a spiritual journey that led him back to the religion and the people of his ancestors. He holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the National University of Colombia and a summa cum laude Master´s Degree in Jewish Civilization from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City. He plans to devote his life to the Torah education of both Jews and descendants of anusim wherever they may be. He lives with his wife and daughter in Oklahoma City, OK. He currently works as the Southwestern coordinator for Bechol Lashon.