Midreshet HaKerem is a joint project of Kehilat HaKerem and Midreshet Schechter, which is an affiliate of the Shechter Institute of Jewish Studies In Jerusalem.
Since the early 1990s, the Schechter Institute has offered courses in Jewish studies to immigrants from Russia. Today, Midreshet Schechter offers courses in Judaism to the general public in Israel and abroad.
These courses are based on study of the sources and an examination of the meanings and values implied by them, from a critical historical point of view.
Midreshet Hakerem New Semester
NEW COURSE in English beginning Wednesday 13 October 2021
Lectures will begin at 18:15 in Kehilat Hakerem, and by Zoom.
We will be guided by Ministry of Health Green Passport guidelines in class.
An Exploration of the Biblical Injunction against Idolatry in Jewish and Modern Life
Who is a Jew?
According to the Talmud: A Jew is someone “who repudiates idol worship”: - Tractate Megillah, 13:71
According to Prof. Asa Kasher (Idolatry and Judaism), “Anything in the world that has prominence in its importance for a person may be defined as an idol for that person” and that, further, such prominence becomes idolatry when it is brought to a “positive extreme”.
Is every image an idol? Does every pursuit in life have the potential for idolatry? How much is too much?
This course will help us understand the biblical injunction against idolatry, how we can identify it according to Jewish law and practice and what we can do to avoid it.
Idolatry in the Bible and Jewish Law
Idolatry in Jewish History and Thought
Idolatry in Jewish and Israeli Life Today
Torah Scholars and Halakha as Idolatry
Mysticism and Superstition as Idolatry
Land and Nation as Idolatry
Universalism as Idolatry
Idolatry in Modern Life
Youth and Fitness as Idolatry
“Love”, Sex and Hedonism as Idolatry
Career, Wealth and Power as Idolatry
Consumerism as Idolatry
Virtual Universes as Idolatry
Ideology as Idolatry
Participation requires advance registration and payment
Cost: NIS 120 for members of Kehilat Hakerem, NIS 240 for the general public