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SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE: Professor Louis Newman

Friday through Sunday, December 1 – 3

Professor Newman is one of the country’s leading scholars of Jewish ethics, he is the author of several books. Read full bio
Thank you to those who baked for the Scholar in Residence weekend.


Friday, December 1, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Shabbat Evening Dinner
(Social Hall)
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Friday, December 1, 7:15 – 9:15 p.m.
Shabbat Evening Service and Discussion
Jewish Ethics: What Does G-d Have to Do With It?

Jewish tradition teaches us to consider our moral decisions and moral development in the context of our relationship with God. What difference does this make?  How is our relationship with God connected to our relationships with other people?  In this session Professor Newman will explore why faith is important for ethics. Register for Zoom. Trouble registering? View our FAQ page.

Saturday, December 2, Approx. 11:00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Service
Esau–the Torah’s Unrecognized Moral Hero

During the Torah service, Professor Newman will give the Drash for this week’s parashah, on the reuniting of Jacob and Esau after decades of estrangement. The dramatic encounter of these two brothers offers some surprising lessons on the possibilities of repentance and forgiveness in our lives. Register for Zoom. Trouble registering? View our FAQ page. Watch on YouTube.

Saturday, December 2,  Approx. 12:30 p.m.
After Shabbat Lunch
The Jewish Ethics of War: Complex Guidance for Challenging Times 
Israel’s current war with Hamas again raises vexing questions regarding ethical conduct in wartime. What is morally permissible and what is not? In this session, we’ll explore what Jewish tradition can–and can’t–tell us about the ethics of war. Register for Zoom. Trouble registering? View our FAQ page.

Sunday, December 3, 10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Food for Thought: The Jewish Ethics of Eating
(Social Hall)
Eating is among the most frequent activities of daily life. But our tradition teaches that what we eat and how we eat can be guided by our moral values. In this session Professor Newman will discuss how eating can elevate our ethical and spiritual lives.