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Date: Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: B'nai Israel Congregation
Address: 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852
The simple language but strong imagery of this piyyut (poem), recited on both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, envisions us dramatically passing by the throne of God as the Almighty passes judgement and declares: “Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die”. Based on the verse (Leviticus 18:5): You shall keep My statutes laws and ordinances, which if you do, you shall live by them: I am the LORD, we are commanded by Jewish law to save a life—including our own —even if it means violating a commandment. Is this a conflict? Does man have free will? To what extent must a person go to save a life and whose life takes precedence and under what circumstances? Using biblical and classic rabbinic texts, we will explore these dilemmas and difficulties raised within Jewish law.
RABBI ARNIE BENDER is the rabbi of Kehilat Yaar Ramot, our sister-twinned congregation in Jerusalem. Arnie made aliyah with his wife and (then) two children in 1984 from Philadelphia where both he and his wife, Carol, earned their masters degrees at Temple University. Carol and Arnie now have 4 children—the youngest now serving in an elite IDF unit called “Yahalom” (which means diamond) within the engineering corps. Two of their older children are married. They are now looking forward to another son’s wedding which will take place in October. Carol and Arnie have 7 grandchildren.
Arnie earned his rabbinic degree at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem.
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