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Monday, August 24, 2015

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Ecclesiastes - A Most Unusual Book
A New Class for Fall with Rabbi Avigail Nord

The book of Ecclesiates (Qohelth) is described by Biblical scholar Michael V. Fox as, “A strange and disquieting book. It gives voice to an experience not usually thought of as religious: the pain and frustration engendered by an unblinking gaze at life’s absurdities and injustices.[1]

We read Ecclesiates each year on Sukkot. It is the source of familiar texts, including the well-known lines, “To everything there is a season and time for every matter under heaven.” Yet many of us are not familiar with the challenging and thought-provoking subject matter of the book.

You are invited to join in an investigation of Ecclesiates. We will look at the origins of the book, its relation to the rest of the Bible, its fascinating philosophy, and how we might apply these ideas to the ups and downs of our daily lives.

What a great way to begin the New Year of 5776!

For more information, or to register, email Rabbi Gail at ravavigail@gmail.com or call the Sharei Chesed Office at 763-545-8800

Class Dates: Wednesdays - September 30 through November 4
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Sharei Chesed Synagogue, 1712 Hopkins Crossroad, Minnetonka, MN 55305
Cost: $42/person for 6-week class (Session summaries will be recorded and available online for paid participants if you need to miss a week.)



[1] The JPS Bible Commentary—Ecclesiates, Jewish Publication Society, 2004

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