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"The Ten Commandments: Do They Really Say What We Think They Say" to be discussed during  interfaith adult education classes in December

Jews, Christians, people of other faiths, and non-believers alike have heard of The Ten Commandments and probably most of us tell people that we try to follow them. But,do we really know what they say? 


Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley is presenting an interfaith adult education series, “The Ten Commandments: Do they really say what we think they say?” on Dec. 4, 11 and 18. 


Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan will lead the course. Participants will look at the Ten Commandments and explore some startling discoveries about the actual nature of the text. They will analyze what the biblical verses may have meant then discuss what they might mean today.


Cost is $15 for Temple members and $25 for non-members. Register and pay your fee by contacting the Temple Beth Shalom office at 623.977.3240 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Deadline to register is noon Nov. 30.

Rabbi Kaplan completed his rabbinic studies and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religious Jerusalem campus, and received a PhD in Jewish history from Tel Aviv University. He has published many articles and books, including The New Reform Judaism: Challenges and Reflections (2013) and A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism’s Sacred Path (ed; 2018).  Prior to becoming Rabbi at Temple Beth Shalom in 2019, he held pulpits in South Africa, Georgia, Jamaica and Alabama.  He has held adjunct faculty positions at various colleges and has served as a weekend Scholar-in-Residence for numerous congregations.

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