What Kind Of Judaism Is Taught At JSLI?
JSLI aims at training and preparing liberal Rabbis to meet the needs of interfaith couples and unaffiliated Jews, who are largely ignored by other communities. Being trans-denominational, the institute believes in imparting knowledge of Judaism to students of all Jewish backgrounds and denominations.
The candidate must be prepared to explore the Rabbinical Law or Halacha, Rituals and Liturgy, in addition to utilization of skills and real-life experiences to become an ordained Rabbi. Rabbi Blane is a strong believer of Jewish Universalism, and the entire curriculum revolves around its seven key doctrines:
- The Holy Book of Torah is divinely inspired
- Jewish Universalism honors our Jewish teachings, traditions, texts and rituals, and seeks to repair the world through compassionate actions.
- There is one and only one god!
- Judaism is a continually developing spiritual practice
- One’s religion is not the single source of truth, and all paths to the divine are Holy in equal measures.
- People who follow the command to love their neighbors as they love themselves are the ‘chosen’ ones.
- Everyone is welcome to participate in Jewish worship and rituals.
According to Rabbi Blane, stepping a foot towards the path of divine is all about understanding that Lord is communicated, explained and established by ‘sacred myth’, which does not weaken Torah or the holiness of its writings.
The idea is to preach about the importance of being a good person who is there to deliver assistance to anyone who requires help. It’s not just the job of a Rabbi or a Cantor, but a true Jewish who firmly believes in the principles of Judaism.
JSLI provides an extensive knowledge about each and every aspect of Judaism, right from the time when the religion was born till the modern day advancements that have been made in terms of the roles performed by religious functionaries.