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Rabbi David Wolpe on: Immigration

IMMIGRATION: The first Jew was an immigrant. Does that mean we should support open borders or admit those who disagree with us?

Part of the Modern Matters: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Series with Rabbi David Wolpe.

Struggling with today’s cascade of political and social controversies? Why not discover what Judaism has to say about them? After all, between the Five Books of Moses, 2,711 pages of the Talmud, the Mishnah and 5,779 years of history, Judaism offers important lessons about almost everything — and the sages and prophets will surprise you with what they anticipated and with questions you never considered.

There’s no better person to guide you through Jewish thought about contemporary issues than Rabbi David Wolpe, a gripping speaker and bestselling author named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by The Jerusalem Post. In this series designed especially for the The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center, he will begin each session with remarks about what Jewish history and text teach about the day’s topic and then lead an open discussion about applying these nuanced insights.

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March 18 – 6:30-8:30pm
ABORTION: The struggle over abortion has long been driven by Christians. Is that because there is no controversy in Jewish law?

April 22 – 6:30 to 8:30pm
WOMEN’S PLACE, WOMEN’S RIGHTS: Among traditional Jews, women play a very different role than they do in our wider society. Which reflects Jewish law and history?

May 6 – 6:30 to 8:30pm
MAKING MONEY: As new questions about the ethics of capitalism are debated, what is the Jewish view of capitalism, communism, investments and savings? Is love of money, as Christians teach, the root of all evil?

June 3 – 6:30 to 8:30pm
HELPING OTHERS, HELPING OURSELVES: We are commanded to perform acts of charity, tzedakah, to help the needy. But which ones? Should impoverished Jews and Jewish causes be our priority?