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New Adult Class: People, God, and Whirlwinds: Wisdom from the Book of Job

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People, God, and Whirlwinds: Wisdom from the Book of Job
with Rabbi Menachem Creditor 
Tuesday nights: May 29; June 5, & 12 7:30pm
at Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley
Tuition: $60 for the series, no one turned away for lack of funds
Register with Rachel at

The story of Job asks the question of human suffering in a reality that includes God. This is among the hardest of issues within every faith-based conversation. Join a text study based on the Book of Job, utilizing Netivot Shalom member Robert Alter's translation "The Wisdom Books" (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011), available at Afikomen Judaica. (Please call to reserve your copy 510-655-1977!)

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To kneel is
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God damn it.

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