(AJNews) – In May 2021 Chabad Lubavitch of Alberta and Chabad of Edmonton will be offering This Can Happen, a new six-session course by the acclaimed Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) that will address a pressing question on many minds: is the current situation going to get any better?
“Many people nurse this idea that matters are getting progressively worse and, fostered by much hysterical media and general dialogue, an environment of fear and despair is all too rampant,” Rabbi Mendy Blachman of Edmonton and Rabbi Mordechai Groner of Calgary, the Alberta JLI Instructors, told Alberta Jewish News.
Students who enroll in this course will embark on a journey that will explore one of the most misunderstood and maligned topics in the Jewish canon—the future redemption.
There will be four options when one can join this course:
Monday nights, starting May 3, at 7:30 PM, or Tuesday mornings, starting May 4, at 9:30 AM.
Tuesday nights, starting May 4, at 7:30 PM, or Wednesday mornings, starting May 5 at 9:30 AM.
The course will be offered over Zoom. Sign in information will be provided after enrollment.
This Can Happen presents audiences with an opportunity to finally appreciate what Judaism really means when it talks about a “Messiah.” Considering that for many in the modern world, utopian visions of world peace and endless bounty sound like the stuff of fairy tales, this course summons the sources and the data to dispel such primitive notions and educate audiences that the Messianic era is a deep, broad climax to the entire story of the universe.
The subtitle of This Can Happen, “A credible case for feeling good about the future,” is indicative of an approach to the topic that is particularly timely. “Recent events have put so many on the edge, and the longer matters drag on, the louder the voice of helplessness becomes,” explained Rabbi Naftali Silberberg of JLI’s Brooklyn, New York, headquarters. “If we can make—as stated in our title—a ‘credible case’ to be optimistic about times ahead, that is remarkably edifying.”
In a special message to all Albertans, Alberta’s Senior Rabbi, Rabbi Menachem Matusof, is encouraging everyone to join this fascinating course and learn about the promise Moshiach holds for ALL of humanity.
As with all of JLI’s programs, This Can Happen is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public.
The Edmonton JLI is a project of Chabad of Edmonton, and The Calgary JLI is a project of Chabad of Alberta.