Films as Jewish learning opportunities - Opinion

Films as Jewish learning opportunities

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz | Special to the Jewish news | Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 8:42 am

When one thinks of the most effective means of transmitting Jewish knowledge through the generations, what are the first places the mind goes to for spiritual enlightenment? Perhaps a stroll through the foundational narratives of Genesis, or perhaps a jaunt through the poetic power of Psalms? Maybe one finds clarity through a rousing dialectical discourse with a tractate or two of Talmud? Or, if that proves too daunting, maybe exploring the myriad commentaries and insights courtesy of Rashi, Maimonides, the Ba’al Shem Tov or one of the many brilliant religious thinkers who have appeared throughout Jewish history? Or, perhaps, when all of these options don’t sound quite right, what about a film?

At Valley Beit Midrash (VBM), we have begun to branch out of our regularly scheduled selection of panels, classes and lectures to begin showing films as a staple part of our ever-expanding learning season. Our mission has always been to appeal to the widest audience of community members. Films not only broaden our horizon as an organization dedicated to renewing the zest of Jewish learning throughout the Greater Phoenix area, but they also allow community members another option to engage with us to discuss vital issues of our turbulent times.

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