Chabad Offers New Course

Engage in a brain-twisting, mind-wrestling, hair-splitting experience as
you explore modern situations and the complex dilemmas they give rise to while you seek
solutions by examining original Talmudic texts.
Beginning Wed., Feb.1 at 8:30 a.m., Rabbi Avraham Bekhor of Chabad of
Randolph will offer a fascinating new six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning
Institute (JLI) called The Dilemma: Modern Conundrums. Talmudic Debates. Your Solutions.
In an example of one such conundrum, Tesla Motors is currently programming self-driving cars
for instances when death is inevitable. Should they program the cars to swerve and avoid killing
more pedestrians, but kill one whose life was previously not endangered? Should it favor the
lives of pedestrians over passengers? Should it favor the lives of younger people over those who
are older? And should owners be given the ability to determine these settings?
In another example relating to the recently popularized Pokémon Go mobile app: Should the
game’s creators be held liable in the hundreds of cases of trespassing and damages that were
incurred because of Pokémon characters negligently programmed to be found on private
“The Dilemma is a mental expedition in which participants mind-wrestle with situations that
force them to choose between two reasonable truths,” said Rabbi Avraham Bekhor of Chabad of
Randolph, the local JLI Instructor in Randolph. “Participants analyze, discuss, and debate
original Talmudic texts to solve dilemmas and get an authentic taste of dynamic Talmud study.”
“I find people in Randolph love having the opportunity to engage in social discourse,
particularly when it involves fascinating intellectual challenges,” said Rabbi Bekhor. “This is by
far the most captivating course we’ve ever offered and I encourage everyone to attend.”
The Dilemma is accredited in New Jersey for continuing legal education credits for attorneys and
others in the legal professions. Like all JLI programs, this course is designed to appeal to people
at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish
learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a
particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship. Interested students may call 973-895-
3070 or visit for registration and for other course-related information.
Members of the local media are invited to observe a class and/or conduct an advance interview
with the local course facilitator. Interviews with national facilitators and course creators also
may be scheduled, upon request.
Contact: Avianca Bouchedid,, 973-895-3070 x1002.

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