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You Be the Judge II: An Exhilarating New Exploration of Jewish Civil Law

Wednesday, 7 January, 2009 - 12:21 am

You Be the Judge II: An Exhilarating New Exploration of Jewish Civil Law

Beginning in Sudbury February 11th 2009


“You Be The Judge” A new 6 week course from the Jewish Learning Institute

After  two-thousand year wait, sequel to critically acclaimed series brings wisdom of the Talmud to the general public



Jan 7th, 2009 – A groundbreaking new approach to studying ancient Jewish wisdom:

Other peoples have told their stories through music or monuments, or have expressed themselves in poetry and philosophy.  But for over a thousand years, the most important cultural activity of the Jewish people has been the study of the Talmud, elevated to an art form, the pinnacle of their intellectual achievement.


“Perhaps you have been curious about the Talmud, but thought it was complex and inaccessible to anyone but scholars of the law,” says Rabbi Freeman of the Chabad Center of Sudbury. “Perhaps you thought you needed to understand Aramaic or Hebrew to take part in the discussion. Not any more. Participants need no prior knowledge of the Talmud and no formal legal training. There are no prerequisites other than an open mind.”

You Be the Judge includes six new case studies that allow participants to pit their wits against some of the best minds in history.You Be the Judge presents students with real cases brought before the court system of Jewish law, and compares Talmudic analysis with the contemporary approach taken in United States courts. Topics include business ethics, property rights, and employment practices, and  each lesson provides an opportunity to question, discuss, and argue, based on principle and precedent. You Be The Judge allows attendees to challenge conventional notions of right and wrong, and experience firsthand the exhilarating mental exploration that characterizes traditional Talmud study.


This exciting new course will be offered at the Chabad Center of Sudbury for six Wednesdays starting Feb 11th. The course costs $89 but you are invited to attend the first lesson free, with no obligation.”


What will you gain by taking this course? A chance to discover why the Talmud has been so cherished by our people. A chance to observe the most brilliant minds of our history in heated debate. A chance to experience the traditional Jewish training ground for mental acuity. And a chance to add your voice to the voices that span the millennia.


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The Jewish Learning Institute of Sudbury is affiliated with the JLI Adult Jewish Learning Program, one of the world's premier Jewish adult education programs servicing the Jewish community in America and around the world. JLI’s classes and programs are offered at over 300 locations in more than 250 cities nationwide and internationally, and JLI classes have been attended by over 100,000 people since its creation in 1998.

Every course offered by JLI is synchronized so that lessons are offered concurrently in all locations. This unique feature has helped to create a true global learning community

To Register

To register and pay online click here, or you can register by email (sudburychabad@aol.com) or phone (978-443-3691) and pay when you come.




Lesson 1: Inheriting the Fruits of Sin

Can murderers inherit from their victims? This act of chutzpah is recorded in the Bible, and still crops up in court today. This lesson compares the approaches of Jewish and secular law to this audacious claim.

Lesson 2: The Accidental Treasure

Your contractor demolishes a bathroom wall and discovers a rusting lockbox containing cash. You had no idea there was money stashed in the wall of your hundred-year-old house, and your home has passed through many hands, making it impossible to determine the original owner. Who gets to enjoy this unexpected windfall?

Lesson 3: Will the Real Owner Please Rise?

You bought and paid for a car, but when you come to pick it up, it is already gone from the showroom. The absentminded salesman sold the same car to two people and is unable to remember to whom he sold it first. Is there any way out of this quagmire?

Lesson 4: The Neighbor Advantage

Jewish law dictates that when a property is sold, the neighbors must be given the first option of purchase. Must one sell to their neighbor if there is a higher bidder? And just who is considered a neighbor in this context?

Lesson 5: You’re Fired!

Under what circumstances can one legally fire an employee? When one terminates employment, is there any ethical obligation to provide severance or compensation?

Lesson 6: The Arm-Twister

An old business partner, who wants to buy your house, threatens to reveal information that could lead to your arrest if you do not sell it to him. If you agree to a sale under duress, is the sale valid and binding?

To register of for further info please call 978 443 0110 or email sudburychabad@aol.com

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