JOEL M. HOFFMAN, Ph.D.
Friday – Sunday, September 9-11, 2016
Dr. Joel M. Hoffman focuses on bringing the Bible to life and is known for his “fresh insights and interpretations about religious life in the 21st century.” A popular speaker, he presents to churches, synagogues, community groups and university audiences across the world. Mark your calendar for an extraordinary weekend of Jewish learning. Rabbi Harris promotes Dr. Hoffman as “one of today’s most exciting and energizing Jewish scholars and teachers.” Dr. Hoffman’s Oklahoma City Tour Includes:
Friday, September 9, Sha’arei Shabbat
6:30 pm – Shabbat Worship Services -“Four Exiles and Four Spiritual Revolutions: From the ancient prophets to modernity”. An engaging and uplifting look at North American Judaism, as seen in the context of the last 3,000 years.
7:30 pm – Sha’arei Shabbat Dinner.After dinner Dr. Hoffman will briefly discuss “How Liturgy Works (Or: Everything I need to know I learned from Birkat Hamazon)”
Saturday, September 10
9:00 am – Mussar – Dr. Hoffman teaches “What the Prayers Really Mean”
10:15 am – Shabbat Services – Shabbat morning service, with Dr. Hoffman leading an extended Torah study
12:15 pm – Covered dish kiddush luncheon
Saturday, September 10
7:30 pm – We are inviting a few of our interfaith church partners to join us at a Saturday evening dessert reception when Dr. Hoffman discusses what is “On the Bible’s Cutting Room Floor.” What happened to Adam and Eve after they left the Garden of Eden? What was Abraham like as a child? Who are the Watchers? And why aren’t any of these stories in your Bible? The Bible as we know it is an abridged collection, constrained by the limitations of early book-making technology, political considerations, and even historical accident. Learn about the fascinating ancient texts that were cut from the Bible, and discover what they can teach us about the Bible and about our lives today.
Sunday, September 11
10:30 am – “The Bible Doesn’t Say That”
Hundreds of generations have handed translations of the Bible to each other, along the way distorting the meaning. Learn what the Bible really says.
This Scholar-in-Residence weekend is a project of the Adult Education Committee, underwritten by the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund.