Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon
Join Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon for this three-part class on what makes places holy and what role the human-divine partnership plays in creating, transforming, maintaining, and losing sanctity over time. We will examine locations holy to a wide variety of religious traditions past and present, exploring their commonality and difference. What makes people choose a site for sanctification? Why do some become places of pilgrimage and how does that change them? How are we influenced by topography, history, and natural, shaped, and man-made beauty in our choice of sacred sites? And what kinds of experiences do these sites engender for believers and other visitors?
This class will focus on the most ancient sacred places of pre-history, before moving on to the holiest sites for Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Europe and the Middle East. Rabbi Cohon recently returned from his sabbatical trip to the holiest places on earth, visiting over 125 sacred places in 20 countries around the world in three months. He is working on a book on the journey.
Extensive photos, video, and audio will be used in the presentations.
Registration Fees: $45 for members; $60 for non-members
Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
July 16, 23, 30