Lectures

Ten Jewish Teachings on Judaism and the Environment Lecture 1 1-5-2017

Posted on January 25, 2017

This series will present what Rabbi Troster consider ten of the most important Jewish ideas that connect with modern environmentalism. This first lecture is an introduction to the concepts of the environment, what it means to be an environmentalist and the history of the Jewish environmental movement

Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls Lecture 7 12 15 2016

Posted on January 1, 2017

  This seventh lecture finishes the War Scroll 1QM, and looks at tyhe the way the DSS can illuminate our understanding of early Christianity and the rise of Rabbinic Judaism.

Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls Lecture 6 12 08 2016

Posted on December 14, 2016

First discovered in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) are one of the greatest archaeological finds ever made. Despite decades of research there are still a number of questions about the scrolls and their authors which have never been definitively answered. The most interesting and most basic question is: Who wrote the DSS? Were they Continue Reading »

Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls Lecture 5 12 01 2016

Posted on December 12, 2016

First discovered in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) are one of the greatest archaeological finds ever made. Despite decades of research there are still a number of questions about the scrolls and their authors which have never been definitively answered.  The most interesting and most basic question is: Who wrote the DSS? This fifth Continue Reading »

TORAH STUDY MATERIAL FOR PARSHAT TOLDOT Genesis 25:19-28:9 December 4. 2016

Posted on December 4, 2016

This material talks about the character of Esau as he first appears in the Torah. Is Esau our brother or our enemy? Despite many of his negative character traits, Esau is not depicted as a completely evil person and our sympathy is aroused for him to some extent. The material also shows some later sources Continue Reading »

Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls Lecture 4 11 17 2016

Posted on December 2, 2016

First discovered in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) are one of the greatest archaeological finds ever made. Despite decades of research there are still a number of questions about the scrolls and their authors which have never been definitively answered. The most interesting and most basic question is: Who wrote the DSS? Were they Continue Reading »

From Big Bang to Omega Point: Jewish Responses to Recent Theories in Modern Cosmology Conservative Judaism, Vol. 49 No. 4,1997

Posted on November 23, 2016

Over the last half century, there has been a revolution in scientific cosmology. Astronomical discoveries, as well as advances in theoretical physics, have produced a verification of the major hypothesis of the origin of the universe:┬áthe Big Bang theory. The Big Bang theory has produced not only a vast scientific literature, but also a large Continue Reading »

Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls Lecture 3 11 10 2016

Posted on November 23, 2016

First discovered in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) are one of the greatest archaeological finds ever made. Despite decades of research there are still a number of questions about the scrolls and their authors which have never been definitively answered. The most interesting and most basic question is: Who wrote the DSS? Were they Continue Reading »

Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls Lecture 2 11 03 2016

Posted on November 9, 2016

This series will survey the history of the DSS discovery, and what scholars have learned about the identity of the authors and their origins within the context of the history of Judaism in the Second Temple Period. Some of the original texts will be studied to learn about the DSS community and their beliefs. The Continue Reading »

Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls Lecture 1 10-27-2016

Posted on November 4, 2016

First discovered in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) are one of the greatest archaeological finds ever made. Despite decades of research there are still a number of questions about the scrolls and their authors which have never been definitively answered. The most interesting and most basic question is: Who wrote the DSS? Were they Continue Reading »