Beit Midrash | Learning Lab


How do we find healing and strength amidst brokenness? This year long program will explore how the lessons of the past, the wisdom of science, and the richness of Jewish tradition can help us cultivate hope and endurance even in these most difficult of times.

Chevruta learning on the theme of Resilience

Out of the Ruins: Jewish Wisdom on Resilience with Rabbi Avi Strausberg (Hadar)

December-March, four one-hour sessions. Learning in chevruta (in partnership with another person).

As a TIC community we are engaging in a four-part study of Resilience in Jewish history. Small Groups will study chevruta style via zoom once a month from December-March (four sessions) to delve into this topic. Together, each group will look to Jewish traditions, focusing on narratives from the Torah as well as the events of Jewish history to mine our texts for wisdom on resilience. We’ll ask: What are the different shapes resilience takes? And, how might we cultivate our own capacity for resilience based on the wisdom of Jewish tradition?

Beit Midrash Upcoming Learning Sessions

MIND: (Session took place on Sunday October 25)

Staying Power: Lessons from Ancient Judaism on the Art of Resilience (Dr. Steven Weitzman, Director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania)

BODY: (Session took place on Sunday, January 24)

Resilience: The Importance of the Body in Coping with Trauma, Dr. Danny Brom, Founding Director of Metiv: The Israel Psychotrauma Center (Dr. Danny Brom, Director of Metiv)

SPIRIT: Wednesday, April 21, 8:15-9:30 pm

Spirit: Rising on Eagles’ Wings: Cultivating Resilience in the Face of Life’s Challenges
Rabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson, Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University

Weaving personal stories and rabbinic wisdom, Rabbi Artson will explore spiritual and emotional resources for cultivating resilience. Drawing on life as the father of an adult son with autism, he will guide us on a path of affirming the many ways to be human, to nurture our souls and those of others, and to face life’s challenges with faith, strength, courage, compassion, and persistence.

Rabbi Dr Bradley Shavit Artson holds the Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and is Vice President of American Jewish University in Los Angeles and Professor of Philosophy, he is particularly interested in theology, ethics, and the integration of science and religion.  He is also dean of the Zacharias Frankel College in Potsdam, Germany, ordaining Conservative rabbis for Europe.

Suggested books on the topic of resilience (alphabetical order by author):