Rabbi Bayar To Probe Timely U.S./Israel Issues

Rabbi Steven Bayar, spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Israel in Millburn, will delve into “The Jewish Perspective on Immigration and the Refugee Crisis,” on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at noon, at the Morris County Library, Whippany.

Sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women’s West Morris Section, the talk is free and open to the public.

Speaking about his Dec. 5 talk, Rabbi Bayar points out, “Never in the last several centuries have so many countries been facing crises of both emigration and immigration. As a historical people, we well know and understand the forces at play that have caused these catastrophic disruptions to millions of families over several continents. We will explore some historical parallels and access traditional texts and ethical issues involved in these events.”

The rabbi will also address “The Law of the Land Is the Law: Jewish perspectives on the Current Political Dynamic in the United States,” on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m., also at the Morris County Library. Rabbi Bayar notes that “Jewish law requires us to obey the ‘law of the land’ unless it contradicts Torah law. Historically this has rarely caused issues with the Jewish community. Issues arise when the ‘law of the land’ conflicts with Jewish ethics. We will explore the difference between Jewish law and Jewish ethics and how these differing perspectives form our opinions on current government policies.”

In a third session, this one on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m., at the Morris County Library, the rabbi will explore “The State of Israel Today: Uniting or Dividing Us?” He observes that “Love of Zion and support of Israel have traditionally been uniting factors of the Jewish community.

Preregistration is required for Bayar’s talks. To preregister, email melanielevitan@gmail.com.

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