Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Joel M. Hoffman
Friday, November 2 – Sunday, November 4

Dr. Joel M. Hoffman is an engaging and energetic teacher who focuses on Jewish history and modern culture, Jewish education, the history of the Hebrew language, and the hidden meanings behind the Bible. A popular author and speaker who presents at synagogues and other venues around the country, Joel has an incredible way of bringing his topics to life with humor and great fun. He holds a Ph.D. in linguistics and has served on the faculties of Brandeis University and Hebrew Union College.

Four Exiles and Four Spiritual Revolutions
Friday, November 2, 6 p.m.
A whirlwind tour of 3,000 years of Judaism, focusing on three spiritual revolutions and the exiles that led to each. Then the most recent revolution: modern Judaism. How are we, today, like the prophets and like the authors of the Talmud? How is 21st-century Omaha like the Golden Age of Spain? And what will we build for future generations?

How Translations Conceal the Bible’s Original Meaning
Saturday, November 3, 9-10:15 a.m.
The original Hebrew of the Ten Commandments doesn’t say, “don’t covet” or “don’t kill.” The translation “the Lord is my shepherd” is misleading, and the English phrase “with all your heart and all your soul” is just wrong. Come learn how modern translation techniques expose what the words of the Bible originally meant.

Ancient Answers to Good and Evil That Were Cut From the Bible
Saturday, November 3, 4-6 p.m.
Over wine and cheese, we will study the second half of the Adam and Eve story, missing from the Bible, Abraham’s formative childhood, the mysterious Enoch, and the way all three ancient scriptural texts explore the nature of our lives as they explain good and evil.