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Lunch & Learn

Thursday, September 14, 2023 28 Elul 5783

12:00 PM - 1:30 PMCongregation Schaarai Zedek

Did Darth Vader Really Repent? A High Holy Day Discussion

Join us for a pre-Rosh Hashanah conversation that’s relevant no matter which star system you live in. Through a combination of Star Wars clips and Jewish texts, we’ll discuss the meaning of teshuvah - repentance - in our lives. What is righteousness? Does intention matter more than outcome? What is the nature of the “Dark Side,” and how do we strive to live our best lives? 

Rabbi Simon teams up with Rabbi Micah Streiffer (via Zoom), founder of LAASOK, to explore questions that are pertinent both "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away," AND right here and right now. 

Join us in person for lunch or via Zoom.

Micah Streiffer is a rabbi, teacher, writer, and lifelong student who is known for his engaging style in the classroom and his ability to make Jewish texts and ideas come to life. 

Micah is the Founder of LAASOK, a virtual Beit Midrash (“House of Study”) where liberal Jewish learners can deepen their connection with Judaism through meaningful engagement with sacred texts. In addition to his work at LAASOK, he hosts the popular "Seven Minute Torah” podcast, a weekly exploration of the Torah portion through modern, liberal Jewish eyes.

Ordained a rabbi at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati 2007), Micah has served as a congregational rabbi for over 15 years. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Jewish thought at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. 


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