WITH GUEST SPEAKERS RABBI LAIBL WOLF, DR. NAFTALI LOEWENTHAL, AND RABBI MENDEL KALMENSON
MODERATED BY MR. MARC BLATTNER
Wednesday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m. PDT (5:00 p.m. EDT) in the US, 10:00 p.m. in London, and June 10 at 7:00 a.m. in Melbourne
It’s a New World. We’re overcoming the COVID pandemic, and are grateful for our personal growth. As we emerge from these times, how do we prepare ourselves for the future? This critical question, as well as others--what have we learned, what will be the new normal, what does Jewish thought teach us, how do we grow from it--will be addressed in this heartening program of hope and inspiration.
Internationally renowned and inspiring speakers will talk on Zoom about Life After COVID. This initial offering of the series will come from three of today’s great Judaic thought leaders: Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf, Dr. Naftali Loewenthal, Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson.
This program will be accessible by viewers throughout the English-speaking world. The target audience is anyone worldwide who seeks a new approach to viewing the world as it will become.
with Rabbi Mendel Kalmenson
Many of us become disoriented when our lives take an unexpected turn. We know where we are going, and anything that veers from that course is met with resistance and even rejection. We are supposed to be in control and we know best. But what if we saw life in a different light? What if we weren’t necessarily in charge all the time? What if there is more going on in our lives and in the world than we are aware of? By cultivating an appreciation for the role of Divine Providence in our lives, we can discover the hidden meaning and opportunity within any situation we find ourselves in.
with Dr. Naftali Loewenthal
At a time of crisis an important Jewish response is to look at timeless Jewish sources and see how they might apply in the present. What does the Talmud say about infectious disease? What advice does it give us for the 21st century? We find interesting comments on the nature of infection and, also, special commendation for those who care for the sick, who go beyond the conventional call of duty. Further, Chassidic teachings help us to conceptualize the ultimate goal of existence, beyond disease: eternal life.
Mastering the Challenge of Stress and Anxiety: Navigating a COVID and post-COVID World
with Rabbi Laibl Wolf
We can take control of our lives. How? Stress is not something we "catch" like the cold, or COVID. It is the result of a bad choice - the choice of victimhood. The cure: an attitudinal shift. The practice: meditation and profound commitment.
Dr. Wolf is the founder of the Spiritgrow Holistic Center in Australia which trains people in self mastery of mind and emotion through the synthesis of contemporary research and Jewish spiritual teachings. He has lectured in over 500 cities around the globe over the past 35 years and been keynote speaker at the International Fortune 500 convention, the International Psychological Association, and other international forums. He is a lawyer and psychologist, and author of the best selling Practical Kabbala published by Random House. He is a Lubavitcher Chassid and the older son of Polish holocaust survivors.
Dr. Loewenthal lectures on Jewish Spirituality at University College London, part of London University. He is the Director of the Chabad Research Unit, which runs study and discussion groups and produces the popular email series “For Friday Night” for Jewish family education. He has authored many scholarly articles and his recent (2020) book is Hasidim Beyond Modernity, Essays in Habad Thought and History.
Our moderator is Mr. Marc Blattner, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, home to 35,000 Jews and one of the fastest-growing Jewish communities. He previously served in various leadership capacities at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. He lives in Portland Oregon.