Events at the Vilna Shul

Lunch & Learn: What is Love in the Hebrew Bible?

Wednesdays, March 15, 29; Apr 5, 26; May 10, 24 |

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Lunch & Learn: What is Love in the Hebrew Bible?

Taught by Rabbi Jamie Kotler

Wednesdays, March 15, 29; Apr 5, 26; May 10, 24
1:00 – 2:00 PM
$120/series or $36 for drop-in (DROP-IN PAYABLE AT DOOR)

8 person minimum.
In partnership with Hebrew College.

Click Here to Register for Series.

Click Here to Register for Individual Session(s).

Ahava – love.  It is not used to describe the first biblical relationship - that between Adam and Eve.  Nor is it used to describe the connection between Noah and his wife, or Abraham and Sarah.  How then are “love relationships” understood in Tanach?  This course studies love relationships between Abraham, Sarah and Isaac; Isaac, Rebekah and their twin sons Jacob and Esau; Jacob and Rachel; King David and Jonathan; God and Israel.  What is the place for love and how is it expressed in each of these relationships? How does love transform those who experience it? How do we understand biblical love through our modern eyes?

Join the Vilna and Rabbi Jamie Kotler to explore these questions and more. Please bring your own lunch; drinks and dessert provided.


Free validated parking is available for paying Lunch and Learn participants at the Charles River Garage (165 Cambridge Street, Boston). Please note that this is NOT the above-ground Whole Foods lot, but the parking garage between the Whole Foods lot and the Au Bon Pain. Please bring your green ticket into the Vilna for a validation stamp. Yellow tickets will not be validated. The Vilna Shul is also easily accessible by public transportation. Take the MBTA Red Line to Charles/MGH.