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 that you were able to rethink everything you knew about the universe, the laws of nature, your own consciousness, and the very idea of existence and reality. Imagine the new insights you would gain, the fresh perspective with which you would embark on the journey of life each morning.

What Is? does exactly that. Drawing on the wisdom of Chasidic teaching, the most basic building blocks of existence are reexamined from the bottom up, revolutionizing our understanding of life, reality, and our place in the world.

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Everything that we experience, we experience inside our heads, leading to the intriguing question: Maybe there is no existence outside of our minds? But perhaps a more fundamental question would be: What practical difference does it make if the world is real or not?

Is time the engine that drives the whole of existence, or is it just a product of our subjective experience? If the future is impenetrable, the past irretrievable, and the present moment too  fleeting to meaningfully inhabit, what part of our lives can we call our own?

Why do bad things happen to good people? The question has been asked—and answered— for thousands of years. But even if we understood the purpose of evil, would this make it more palatable and acceptable? Would it aid us in our efforts to defeat evil?

 > WHO IS G-D?
What are we talking about when we talk about G‑d? Is “G‑d” just a word we use when we can’t explain something? If G‑d cannot be explained or described, does this not render the concept of “belief in G‑d” completely meaningless?

All injustice and strife, and even personal unhappiness, can be traced to selfishness. Yet self- esteem is essential for a healthy psyche and a productive life. To navigate this paradox, we first need to unravel the mystery of self-awareness: Where does our sense of self come from?

If G‑d already knows what we will do tomorrow, is our “free choice” nothing more than an illusion? And with so many powerful influences outside of our control—or even our awareness—influencing our choices, how “free” could they possibly be? 


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The  Rohr Jewish Learning Institute

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) is the largest institute of adult learning of its kind, teaching in over 300 cities around the world. Its professionally conceived courses are taught through interactive dialogue accompanied by dynamic textbooks and dramatic audio-visual presentations.

Our curriculum is designed to challenge your thinking and bring meaning to your life. We believe you will find our offerings exciting and relevant.

JLI Courses in Flagstaff are taught by Rabbi Dovie Shapiro who leads students toward fresh thinking about the world in an environment that inspires feelings of hope, purpose, meaning, and value.

The following are the JLI Courses that are being offered in Flagstaff in 2015/2016. Each course is held for 6 Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:15 pm at the Chabad Jewish Community Center.