Syllabus & Schedule

Olami Inspire meets once a week, starting Thursday, September 26 and ending Monday, November 25, 2019, from 9 – 11 PM Eastern Time. Sign Up Now and earn an amazing trip to Israel.

Week 1: Thursday, September 26

Program Intro and Orientation
Topic One: Faith vs. Knowledge: the prerequisites for belief
Topic Two: Judaism 101: monotheism and pleasure – the basics of Jewish thought

Week 2: Thursday, October 3

Topic One: The Cycle of Time: the Jewish calendar as a tool for growth
Topic Two: Guest speaker: The Kaballah of You (understanding the mystical root of your personality)

Week 3: Thursday, October 10

Both Sessions: The Jewish View of Love, Relationships, Marriage, and Sex

Week 4: Thursday, October 17 (Succot)

Topic One: The Jewish View of Prayer: Do I have to do it? Do I have to do it in Hebrew?
Topic Two: Guest Speaker

Week 5: Thursday, October 24 

Topic One: The Seven Wonders of Jewish History: understanding the miracle of Jewish survival
Topic Two: The Kosher Laws: a Jewish party in your stomach

Week 6: Monday, October 28 <<== (Switch to Monday nights)

Topic One: The Jewish Experience at Mt. Sinai: what happened and why does it matter?
Topic Two: Is the Torah we have today the same as the one we started out with? 
Plus: The Moon Cycle Code

Week 7: Monday, November 4

Topic One: Give Me a Break: Understanding the Shabbos and the essentials of rest
Topic Two: Guest Speaker

Week 8: Monday, November 11

Topic One: The Chosen People: is it a racist idea? Are the Jews really chosen?
Topic Two: Guest Speaker

Week 9: Monday, November 18

Topic One: Heavy Duty Thinking: free will – philosophy, implications, and practical applications
Topic Two: Video presentation: Exploring the Harmony Between Torah and Science

Week 10: Monday, November 25

Topic One: History of Oral Law: What is it and why does it matter?
Program Wrap-up and Finale

Optional Bonus Session:

Open Forum: Send in your questions—no holds barred—and they will get answered (we hope)