Talmudic course to examine what drives decision-making in the face of dilemma 


Rabbi Nochum Kurinsky of Ponte Vedra Beach invites the community to engage in “brain-twisting, mind-wrestling, hair-splitting” experiences as they explore modern situations and their complex dilemmas while seeking solutions by examining original Talmudic texts.

 Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 1st at 7 PM, Rabbi Kurinsky will offer a new, six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) called “The Dilemma: Modern Conundrums. Talmudic Debates. Your Solutions.”

 Students will deal with real-life examples of the moral and legal conundrums faced by decision-makers and leaders in situations ranging from the programming of Tesla Motors vehicles to the liability issues present in the mobile gaming app Pokemon Go.  

Rabbi Kurinsky, the JLI instructor of The Aaron & Blanche Scharf Chabad Center, said participants will analyze, discuss and debate original Talmudic texts to solve dilemmas and get an authentic taste of dynamic Talmud study in “The Dilemma.”

 “I find people in Ponte Vedra Beach love having the opportunity to engage in social discourse, particularly when it involves fascinating intellectual challenges and hot topics such as Pokmon Go and Tesla’s self-driving cars,” he said. “This is by far the most captivating course we’ve ever offered and I encourage everyone to attend.”

 “The Dilemma” is accredited in Florida for continuing legal education credits for attorneys and others in the legal professions. Like all JLI programs, this course 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, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple or other house of worship.

Those interested may call (904) 543-9301 or visit www.myJLI.com for registration and for other course-related information.