Omaha, Nebraska to Join Worldwide Release of "You Be The Judge II"
Jewish Press
Posted Thursday, May 21st, 2009

 After two-thousand year wait, sequel to critically acclaimed series brings wisdom of the Talmud to the general public
January 28, 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 Katzman of Chabad House. "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."
In response to the incredibly successful turnout in 2006 for You Be The Judge, an interactive course allowing students to explore the Talmud's thinking about Civil Law, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute is proud to launch You Be the Judge II.
Even students who did not attend You Be the Judge will enjoy this course, which includes six brand new case studies that allow participants to pit their wits against some of the best minds in history.
You Be the Judge II presents students with real cases brought before beit din, 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 II allows attendees to challenge conventional notions of right and wrong, and experience firsthand the exhilarating mental exploration that characterizes traditional Talmud study.
Says local JLI coordinator Shevi Katzman, "If your mother always said you should have been a lawyer, this course is for you. If you have a reputation for thinking differently and creatively, this course is for you. If the only thing you like more than a clever line is an even wittier comeback, than this course is for you."
This exciting new course will be offered at Chabad House for six Mondays starting February 9th. "The course costs $79 prepaid, says Carol Hutchison. But we are so sure that you will enjoy it that we invite you 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. You Be the Judge II is a CLE accredited course.
Everyone in the community is invited to join the class. For further information, please contact Carol Hutchison, (402) 330-1800 or RSVP@OChabad.com. The $79 fee includes textbooks and is $85 at the door. JLI is offering a 10% discount for couples registering together. Register online at www.MyJLI.com

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The Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) is the adult education arm of Chabad-Lubavitch. JLI's classes and programs are offered at over 300 locations in more than 250 cities nationwide and internationally (including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela). 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.
Please visit www.myJLI.com for up-to-date information about You Be The Judge II.
JLI courses are presented in Omaha, Nebraska under the auspices of Rabbi Mendel and Shani Katzman.



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