Rabbi Benjy Brackman - far right - poses with JLI's summer 2012 class

Controversial Kings, Judges, and Prophets in New JLI Course

Students engaged at previous class given by Rabbi Benjy Brackman at the Chabad Jewish Center in Westminster
Students engaged at previous class given by Rabbi Benjy Brackman at the Chabad Jewish Center in Westminster

New JLI Course Explores Lessons in Character from Biblical Stories of Kings, Judges, and Prophets

Westminster, CO —How do we beat burnout, gain perspective when our judgment is clouded, and make progress on the goals most important to us? The newest course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) offers an interesting twist to dealing with these common challenges—an approach that examines the stories and characters of kings and prophets.

Rabbi Benjy Brackman of Chabad of NW Metro Denver will conduct the six course Strength and Struggle: Lessons in Character from the Stories of Our Prophets, at the Chabad House 4505 W 112 Ave in Westminster

The course runs on six Tuesday evenings 7:00 – 8:30 pm and six Wednesday mornings, 10:30 am – 12 noon, beginning May 17th and 18th respectively. Community members of all backgrounds, faiths, and affiliations or lack of, are invited to join.

Strength and Struggle is a journey in which we gain insight into our own struggles by examining the lives of inspiring biblical heroes and antiheroes,” said Rabbi Benjy Brackman of Chabad of NW Metro Denver, who will be teaching the course. “For many, it will fill an important gap in knowledge in the area of biblical history, and it provides fascinating wisdom from the Talmud and 3000 years of Jewish literature, to help them deal with life’s struggles on the road to becoming more effective people.”

Strength and Struggle spans six eras in biblical history, to acquaint participants with the nuances of the Israelites’ earliest history and intimate details, as seen in the lives of many of its beloved characters, including David, Saul, Ruth, Jephthah, Elijah, Elisha, and Jonah.

“The course is filled with eternal lessons for life—of struggle and triumph, courage and humility, hope and resilience,” explains Rabbi Brackman “If you’ve ever wanted to meet King David in person, this is about as close as you’ll come.”

Dr. Simcha Leibowitz, the representative of the World Zionist Federation to North American and an expert on leadership and biblical studies, commented about the course, “Even great leaders, judges, and kings experience challenging circumstances and moments of weakness from which we must learn to emerge even stronger. I am certain that participants in this program will find this original and fascinating approach to biblical study meaningful and relevant to their lives and to the daily challenges they face.”

Like all previous JLI programs, Strength and Struggle is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.

Interested students may call 720-984-5805 or visit www.myJLI.com for registration and for other course-related information. JLI courses are presented in Westminster in conjunction with Chabad of NW Metro Denver

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About Rabbi Benjy Brackman

Benjy Brackman is the Rabbi/Executive Director of Chabad of NW Metro Denver in Westminster, Colorado.

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