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Wrestling with Faith

LONGMEADOW — The Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) and Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) announce a new fall JLI series titled Wrestling with Faith, a six-session course that openly addresses common challenges people have in their relationship with G-d.

Wrestling with Faith begins on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at LYA, 1148 Converse St., in Longmeadow. Participants will grapple with issues that many struggle with, including beliefs in Judaism that seem primitive or outdated, reconciling scientific findings with ideas that cannot be proven in a lab, and the role of religion regarding gender roles, relationship choices, and other such controversial issues.

“We recognize that almost everyone has some degree of skepticism when it comes to religion,” explained Rabbi Yakov Wolff, local JLI Instructor. “We’ve created this course for participants to think critically about these challenges—to approach them with an array of insightful perspectives—so we can articulate our beliefs to ourselves and to the next generation with clarity and conviction.”

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.

Wrestling with Faith will also be offered at law offices of James Smith, 1331 Main St., Springfield, for six consecutive Thursdays beginning Oct. 25 from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

For more information, call (413) 348-4978 or visit for registration and for other course-related information. The fee for the course, which includes a student textbook, is $100 with a couple’s price of $180.

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