Great debates in Jewish History


Most people, even the devout, struggle with beliefs about G‑d. It is easy, for example, to affirm the basic tenets of Judaism during a prayer service, but when it comes to trusting G‑d with our daily decisions, many share a secret, painful fear that G‑d isn’t really looking out for them. Many of us have been brought up under the assumption that mainstream science is incompatible with our Jewish faith. So when we see compelling evidence for biological evolution, for example, we feel forced to choose between science and our faith. Wrestling with Faith was created to tackle questions like these—the “big issues” that keep people from an intimate relationship with G‑d. The course acknowledges the often unspoken doubts and fears that all people share, and seizes their invitation for us to dig deeper for the answers.


Join us for Six lessons

Sushi & Wine  | Wed. Oct. 24 | 7:00 Pm
At Setauket Neighborhood House 95 Main St. Setauket

5 Sundays | Oct 28 - Nov 25 | 9:15- 11:00 AM
At Chabad 821 Hawkins Ave Lake Grove 


5 Wednesdays |  Oct 31 -Nov 28 | 7:30-9:00 PM
At Setauket Neighborhood House  95 Main St. Setauket


Fee: $99 (textbooks included)
Couples Fee: $180
Bring A Friend:Sign up together with a new friend 
by Oct 3rd and both of you get 50% off
Free Trial: Come to the first class without any commitment, just email


Call: 631.585.0521 ext. 109 


Presented by Rabbi Shalom Ber Cohen
Adult Education Director at Chabad at Stony Brook


Lesson One: Where’s the evidence?
I can live perfectly well without G‑d: Why do I need Him in my life? This session explores how G‑d is radically different from what many perceive Him to be.


Lesson Two: Does G‑d really care?
In this session, we question the seeming pettiness of Jewish observances and their interference with our choices and the way we run our lives.


Lesson Three: Some Jewish beliefs seem primitive
“Jewish chosenness” seems racist, and Judaism appears to promote gender inequality, and condemns certain relationship choices!


Lesson Four: A good G‑d who does bad stuff
How can we understand and come to terms with G‑d’s loving and caring presence amid the experience of tragedy and suffering?


Lesson Five: Are religion and science at odds?
How might we reconcile compelling evidence for evolution and the age of the universe with a literal and historic reading of the Bible?


Lesson Six: How can I relate to a G‑d I cannot see?
Is it even possible for a finite me to have a relationship with an infinite G‑d? And if yes, where do I start? This session explores how.