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September 21, 2018  RSS feed

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‘Wrestling with Faith’ course offered at 2 Chabad centers

A six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) titled Wrestling with Faith will be offered at two locations in Pinellas County beginning next month.

Addressing common challenges people have in their relationship with G-d, the course will be led by Rabbi Alter Korf of Chabad Jewish Center in St. Petersburg and Rabbi Pinchas Adler at Chabad of Pinellas County in Palm Harbor.

Wrestling with Faith explores questions such as: Why do I need G-d if I can live perfectly well without Him? Does G-d really care about the nuances of Jewish practice? Doesn’t the concept of “Jewish chosen-ness” seem racist? How can we relate to a loving and caring G-d amid the experience of tragedy and suffering? How do we reconcile compelling evidence for evolution and the age of the universe with a Bible that tells a different story? Is it even possible to develop a relationship with a G-d I cannot perceive with my five senses?

Jennifer Wiseman, a senior astrophysicist at NASA and the director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, commented about the course: “At a time when science and technology dominate the mechanics and framing of our modern lives, it is more important than ever to ask the bigger questions of life’s purpose and values. This course enables the seeker to embrace the achievements of modern science while seeking the higher gifts of wisdom, meaning, and a personal relationship with G-d.”

All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with any particular congregation.

The class will be offered at:

• Chabad of Pinellas County, 3693 Fisher Road, Palm Harbor, on Thursdays from 7:15-8:45 p.m., beginning Oct. 18.

• Chabad of St. Petersburg, 1010 Park St. N., St. Petersburg, on Wednesdays from 7:30-9 p.m. beginning Oct. 31.

The cost is $79 for those who sign up by Oct. 8 and $89 after that date. Fees include classes, materials and recorded lessons (for sessions missed).

For more information, contact either Chabad center or go to

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