7th Day of Light

JOIN US FOR A 7TH DAY OF LIGHT: JTS GIVING DAY 2020

Thursday, December 17, 10:00 a.m. – 7:15 p.m. ET

Don’t miss 7th Day of Light: JTS Giving Day 2020. We’re giving you outstanding Jewish learning all day long. And we hope you’ll give to JTS to support our mission: creating the best Jewish leaders for the Jewish future. After the learning sessions, join us for a festive Hanukkah candle lighting at 7 p.m. ET.

You can tune in up to five times to learn about Hanukkah with JTS’s world-renowned professors. Come to as many sessions as you’d like. Zoom links for each session will be emailed to you throughout the day.

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RABBI MATTHEW BERKOWITZ

Director of Israel Programs
10:00 a.m. ET
On the Origin of the Menorah: Text, Art, and History
If ever there were a quintessential symbol of the Jewish people, it is the menorah. The lampstand has become synonymous with the people of Israel and indeed is the emblem of the Jewish state. But what is the menorah’s origin? And how is it distinct from the hanukkiyah we are using to celebrate these eight days?

RABBI NAOMI KALISH

Harold and Carole Wolfe Director of the Center for Pastoral Education
12:00 p.m. ET
Praying for a Miracle: What Hanukkah Teaches Us About Hope During Difficult Times
When Jews thank God during Hanukkah for performing a miracle, how do they understand God’s role and presence in their lives? We will explore how praying for miracles is an expression of hope when help during a crisis seems precarious.

 

RABBI JAN URBACH

Director of JTS’s Block/Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts
2:00 p.m. ET
Light Up or Count Down? What a Debate About Hanukkah Candles Reveals
Should we begin by lighting one candle on the first night of Hanukkah and increase to eight, or start with eight and nightly decrease to one? The debate between the schools of Hillel and Shammai offers a window into two very different visions of the function and practice of Judaism, and what it offers in challenging times.

DR. DAVID KRAEMER

Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics
4:00 p.m. ET
Exclusive Preview of the New JTS Library and its World Renowned Collection
Step into the new JTS Library, a “classic” in every sense! Be introduced to some of the jewels of our collection; see our new spaces, including our beautiful Rare Book Room, our new exhibition gallery, our warm and inspiring settings for study and exploration—all of which are designed to enhance the user’s experience as a student of and witness to the riches of Jewish history and culture.

RABBI GORDON TUCKER

Vice Chancellor for Religious Life and Engagement
6:30 p.m. ET
When Sages’ Words are Quoted, Their Lips Continue to Move (Talmud Yevamot 97a)
In addition to giving us the mitzvah of studying Torah, our tradition also expects us to take the Torah that we receive from our teachers, and to make it, and its significance, known to subsequent generations. In this session, Rabbi Tucker will, with gratitude, aim to do this with the Torah of two of his teachers at JTS: Rabbis Gerson D. Cohen (Jewish History) and Yochanan Muffs (Bible), both of blessed memory.

After this session, join us for a festive Hanukkah candle lighting at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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