We will start by looking at Scripture and, using historical approaches, determine whether Genesis is the Creation Story fundamentalists want it to be. We will explore the rational basis of the concept of intelligent design that Deist founders of America embraced and modern politicians see as a way of protecting us from the evils of Darwinism. Discover what is left wounded on the battlefield between the forces of creationism and intelligent design.
Charles Lynn Batten is a literary critic and a professor in the department of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.
(Recorded February 7, 2012)
As a rabbi, Naomi Levy frequently offered spiritual guidance to people seeking answers. But when a doctor told her that her young daughter, Noa, had a fatal degenerative disease, Rabbi Levy’s own insights could not prevent her whole life from unraveling. In Hope Will Find You, Naomi Levy shares
her journey and the wisdom she gained, describing with humor and honesty how she came through a time of uncertainty and fear and learned how to stop waiting for life to begin.
Rabbi Naomi Levy is the founder and spiritual leader of Nashuva, a groundbreaking Jewish outreach organization based in Los Angeles.
(Recorded February 15, 2012)
We begin by considering recent research, including Peter Beinart's article "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment", which discussed apathy and disinterest currently felt by many young Jews toward Israel. Our focus will be the internal struggles we face as we think about when and how we do or do not connect with our homeland.
(Recorded on February 15, 2012)
Judaism has witnessed daring (even shocking) ideas in the realms of mysticism, astrology and theology, without rending the fabric of our people. Where does this flexibility come from and how does it persist?
Professor Josh Holo is the Dean of the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College.
(Recorded January 18, 2012)
Discover how Israeli poetry has evolved over the decades from the romanticized pioneer poetry of yearning to hard-edged modern protest poetry.