Marc Ashley 2019

Marc Ashley’s Annual Adult Education Course between Pesah and Shavuot
A Case of Mixed Emotions: Love and Fear of God in Jewish Thought
The very first word of the first paragraph of the Shema prayer instructs – indeed  commands – us to love God, with all our heart, soul and might. Yet Proverbs counsels us that the “beginning of wisdom is the fear of God.” Those visceral emotions, at least at first glance, seem conflicting rather than complementary. So which is the core and foundation of our relationship with God – love or fear?  Which approach takes priority? Both love and fear of God are crucial religious directives, but reconciling them can be challenging. No prior knowledge is required. Please come and participate in this important conversation on a crucial theme in Jewish thought through the ages.

2019 Sessions – Audio Recordings: