Guaranteed to be a life changing evening and one of the most powerful evenings in our Jewish lives, Shavuot is a holiday of studying and celebrating the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai. Come celebrate with Rabbi Barclay this transcendent event as we utilize Rabbi Barclay’s translation of the ancient text “Tikkun Leil Shavuot” as a guide into the deep awareness of the magnificence of both the Written and Oral Torah. Traditionally, this evening of study and discussion goes all the way until the dawn; and we will once again immerse ourselves in this tradition (or at least anyone who can make it all the way through the night!). Bring a dairy dessert to share as it is the tradition to enjoy dairy and desserts throughout the night (and for those who like caffeine we get to enjoy Rabbi Barclay’s famous Cuban Coffee…which makes a cup of espresso seem light!).
Anti-Semitism is more prevalent than at any time since the Holocaust, but why? How did this practice of hatred become so “normalized”, especially in America and Europe? What are the historical and theological roots of Anti-Semitism, and how is it expressed in the 21st century? How is it possible that self proclaimed Nazis and publicly Anti-Semitic individuals can be serious contenders for national public offices?
These questions and more will be discussed in this special lecture given by Rabbi Barclay. The 2010 recipient of the Bnai Zion Distinguished Humanitarian Award, our Rabbi is a former Professor of Theology at Loyola Marymount University, and a nationally recognized academic in Jewish theology and history. He will help us understand the roots of this despicable practice, recognize how it is manifested in 21st century America, and give tools for fighting this evil.
The class will be held in a private room at Bogies at The Westlake Village Inn, and all are welcome to come.