JLI: Decisions of Fate

6 Tuesdays, Starting February 1, 7:30pm

  • Join this new course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute for a comprehensive overview of the core mystical and spiritual teachings of kabbalah. Plus, see how these teachings offer powerful insights into everyday life, self-understanding, and personal growth.

    Four Tuesday Evenings,

    starting May 14, 2024,

    with Rabbi Dov Drizin


    [email protected]
    Fee: $99



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    Course Overview

    Decisions of Fate: Guiding Jewish Values for Making Life-and-Death Decisions

    Judaism's timeless values provide practical guidance for making confident and considered life-and-death choices. This course applies Jewish values to four common dilemmas: risky treatments, end-of-life care, abortion, and care of the deceased.

    Lesson Outline


    Lesson 1
    Risky Treatments.

    When uncertain treatments offer a chance of recovery, is the risk justified? Discover the Jewish ethics of risking your life to extend your long-term prospects.


    Lesson 2
    End-of-Life Care.

    How does Judaism balance the desire to reduce suffering with the value of every moment of life? See how Jewish values inform a dignified approach to end-of-life care and advance medical directives.


    Lesson 3
    Abortion Ethics.

    When pregnancy endangers a woman’s life, may she, in good conscience, carry the pregnancy to term? Examine how Jewish texts navigate the ethics of abortion.


    Lesson 4

    Honoring the Deceased.

    Might autopsy violate the dignity of the human body? Learn the Jewish view on respect for the deceased and how the sanctity of human life continues after death.



  • Course Overview

    The World of Kabbalah
    Revealing How Its Mystical Secrets Relate to You

    Discover the core mystical and spiritual teachings of Kabbalah and their relevance to everyday life. Kabbalah continues to generate tremendous buzz in the public sphere. This course satisfies that curiosity and unpacks profound insights for everyday life.

    Lesson Outline


    Lesson 1
    The Evolution of Ego.

    Examine the three spiritual worlds linking G-d’s initial plan to our physical universe and how they correspond to human thought, speech, and action. Plus, see how this insight helps us sidestep rash decisions and implement habits for intentional living.


    Lesson 2
    The Dawn of Limitation.

    Probe the Divine realm of G-d’s ten sefirot and the corresponding powers of the soul. Discover how knowledge of our soul’s root can clarify individual purpose and provide guidance for maximizing strengths and managing weaknesses.


    Lesson 3
    The Infinite Light.

    Observe how G-d’s infinite light unites diverse sefirot and how we can replicate this phenomenon to overcome human differences and create harmonious relationships. Plus, see how willpower mirrors infinity and enables us to overcome obstacles.


    Lesson 4

    The World of Chaos.

    Study the primordial spiritual universe of Tohu, its purpose in creation, and its enduring impact on human nature. Discover the roots of inner moral conflict and the key to harnessing our negative natures to achieve fulfillment.


    Lesson 5

    The Great Concealment.

    Explore the process of tzimtzum, or how G-d conceals His infinity to create space for our reality. See how this translates into guidance for empowering others and seeking growth potential in life’s darkest moments.


    Lesson 6

    The Essence of Everything.

    Uncover the reality that precedes everything, the essence of the Divine Self, and the surprising purpose of our physical universe. Learn insights into the human self’s deepest motivation and purpose and our capacity to repair wrongs.


  • Register

  • Four Tuesdays at 7:30pm: May 14, May 21, May 28, Jun 4
    Fee: 99 (includes book).
    Location: Valley Chabad | 300 Tice Boulevard, Suite 278, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677

  • Continuing education credits are available for: 

    Lawyers| Doctors | Psychologist | LMFT | Professional Counselor

    Note for Lawyers: This course is pending approval for CLE in NJ.  We anticipate the course qualifying for designation in the new "Elimination of Bias" credit category as well as satisfying ethics credits requirements.

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