Can Judaism speak to the decisions individuals need to make and to the issues they now face? Rabbi Mark Biller, spiritual leader of Temple Gates of Prayer synagogue in Queens, New York, will address this provocative question in a three-part series, titled “Is There a Jewish Angle?: Who needs God? What’s kosher? Can we find a Jewish language for our life?” The series, which is free of charge, will take place on Tuesday, March 17, at 1:15 p.m., and Tuesdays, March 24 and 31, at 1 p.m., at the Morris County Library, 30 E. Hanover Ave., in Whippany.
The series is sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section, and coordinated by the organization’s Our Jewish World program. Our Jewish World is co-chaired by Ilene Dorf Manahan and Melanie Levitan, both of Morristown.
Rabbi Biller will focus on ultimate questions about human life:
* Do we need God to help set our standards?
* Have Jews–contemporary, medieval and everything in between–answered these same questions?
“You may be surprised at the answers, as you study with us,” the rabbi says. “We will examine old and new texts, discuss, schmooze, and perhaps see what insights those who lived centuries ago have to share with us.”
He notes, “In addition, we will look at issues that seem completely modern and ask, ‘Is there a Jewish angle for this?’ “
Rabbi Biller specializes in the art of storytelling, and counseling Jews of all ritual levels looking to find meaning in both modern life and rich Jewish traditions. The spiritual leader of synagogues in his native Canada, as well as in Alabama, New York and New Jersey, the rabbi received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He also studied BiblioDrama with Peter Pitzele at the Union Theological Seminary, and completed a two-year Spiritual Direction course at Elat Chayyim, designed to help participants teach others how to identify and follow their own spiritual paths.
Pre-registration is required for this series. To register for the thought-provoking “Is There a Jewish Angle?” sessions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.