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Beyond Torah Study – The Book of Jonah
August 20 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, repeating until August 13, 2020
One event on August 13, 2020 at 11:00 am
One event on August 20, 2020 at 11:00 am
In Pirke Avot 5:26 Ben Bag Bag famously teaches, “Turn it Turn it for it contains everything.” While most people take these words to describe the Torah, for Rabbi Steven Bob they describe the Book of Jonah. This short book of the Bible along with the explanations of the classic commentators provides answers to the most important questions which people ask about their lives: Who am I? Why am I here? What provides meaning to my life?
In his presentations Rabbi Bob will explore these Big Questions drawing upon the commentaries to Jonah, other biblical and rabbinic sources as well as, personal anecdotes, literature, history, and popular culture. Rabbi Steven Bob is the author of ‘Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives: A verse by Verse Contemporary Commentary JPS 2016 and Go To Nineveh: Medieval Jewish Commentaries on the Book of Jonah Wipf and Stock 2013.
Rabbi Bob served as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard, IL for 35 years. He is a graduate of St. Louis Park High School and the University of Minnesota. Rabbi Bob is currently an adjunct faculty member at Wheaton College and Elmhurst College, where he is also a founder of the Holocaust Education Program. He is a leader of the faculty of Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute and a recipient of the Samuel Cook Award for Lifetime Achievement in Youth Work from the CCAR and Rabbi Mordecai Simon Award from the Chicago Board of Rabbis.