Rabbi Dovid Sapirman’s book Emunah: A Refresher Course serves two distinct roles. It is on the one hand a terrific compilation of some of the clearest rationales for believing in Yiddishkeit, concisely and lucidly presented. This author, like many others, found it an enjoyable and enlightening read.
Where was Hashem?! How did He let it happen?! Am I supposed to believe that Hashem is merciful and kind?! I want to believe and trust in Hashem, but I am so confused? Having, Baruch Hashem, been involved in Jewish Education for many years, questions from students regarding emunah and bitachon are not new to me. Nevertheless, with the recent terrible tragedies in Eretz
The difficult question of faith in God during and after the Holocaust has challenged many people for decades. The search for theological meaning for the destruction that descended upon the Jews of Europe is not a simple matter. Even if one intellectually grasps the reasons for the existence of suffering in this world, a sensitive heart still finds it hard to confront the Holocaust.
In this second class on Developing and Strengthening Belief in God we will explore an inductive argument. Rather than basing our conclusions on the existence of objective scientific facts, our starting point will be the subjective experience of moral truth that most people feel within themselves. The Moral Argument for the existence of God challenges... Read more »
The cornerstone of Jewish belief is that God created the universe ex nihilo with the Torah as His Divine plan, and that He continually guides and supervises His creation. The goal of this class is to examine whether or not Judaism features a specific mitzvah commanding us to believe in God. Since some students may... Read more »