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Power of Love: Introduction Upack questions about self-love, our love of others, and our love of God through Torah texts about love.
Power of Love: Bible Explore love stories from the Prophets and Writings – from Samson and Delilah to Jonathan and David, and discuss the powerful emotions that love can stir in its givers and recipients.
Power of Love: Rabbinics Explore questions about conditional versus unconditional love, and the power of enduring love, while digging into sources from the Mishnah, Midrash, and Talmud.
Power of Love: Medieval Explore excerpts from the Kabbalah, commentaries, and Maimonides’ writings, uncovering the importance of our loving intentions, actions, and emotions.
Power of Love: Modern Explore sections from Hasidism, Mussar, and Jewish thought, confronting questions like, “Can we make ourselves love someone?” and “When is love selfish or selfless?
Harnessing Anger: Bible Explore why some individuals are rewarded for their anger while others are punished for it, by unpacking Moses’ anger at the Israelites and Hanna’s anger at Penina.
Harnessing Anger: Rabbinics Explore four types of temperaments, as well as Hillel’s key to avoid getting upset by unpacking excerpts from the Mishnah, Midrash, and Talmud.
Harnessing Anger: Medieval Explore sources from the Kabbalah and commentaries, distinguishing between “blessed” and “cursed” anger – and how they can lead to very different results.
Harnessing Anger: Modern Explore anger that offers helpful guidance versus anger to be avoided, by digging into
Jewish stories of parental anger.
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