e-Noam Bible Study
Time & Location
About the Event
Human society in the 21st century faces new and far reaching challenges – for many of us
the "corona episode" has sensitized us to the unique spiritual and moral climate in this
dramatic period in human history. We live in a new era of global communication and
commerce, of asymptotic development of new technologies, of superficial interactions in
the social media with the accompanying loss of the ability to create meaningful
relationships and experience intimacy. There are unceasing attempts to recreate the
meaning of gender and what it means to have a coherent sense of personal identity.
These and other central aspects of contemporary human consciousness require a
powerful language of personal meaning and spiritual aspiration that can only come from
a deeper understanding of God's Torah given as a gift to the People of Israel and as an
invitation – a calling out – to all peoples to "choose life" as He intended.
In the first three chapters of the Torah in the story of Creation and the Garden of Eden,
Hashem described for all of us the contours of the human condition – the meeting of
heaven and earth in the human spirit, the dialogue between body and soul, human
freedom and responsibility, man and woman and the bridge that needs to built between
our basic drives and our need for spiritual inspiration.
We will explore together the balance that we choose to create within ourselves between
eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and eating from the Tree of Life, and
its implications for some of the basic building blocks of Hashem's invitation to "choose
life" – Shabbat and shmita, the moral challenge of creative speech, the holiness in
marriage, personal meaning and fulfillment in the workplace and in commercial
interaction and leadership for life enhancement.