Enjoy a JLI Course Exploring Biblical Secrets from the Comfort of Home
(Coral Gables)— Beginning Wednesday, November 11 at 7:30 PM, Chabad of Downtown Coral Gables will be offering via Zoom and in-person a new six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), titled Secrets of the Bible: Iconic Stories, Mystical Meanings, and Their Lessons for Life.


“Over the years, our JLI courses have grown in popularity,” Rabbi Avraham Stolik of Chabad said. “This is not surprising, considering that we explore both ancient and modern Torah texts in a way that makes them highly relevant and useful to personal issues and to contemporary society.


“Now that the pandemic is preventing so many individuals from attending regular in-person Torah classes, we are offering all members of our community an opportunity to experience a JLI course from the comfort of their own living room.”


The newest course, Secrets of the Bible, presents an entirely fresh way of reading iconic biblical tales, discussing Adam and Eve with the Tree of Knowledge, Noah and the Great Flood, the feud between Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his multicolored coat, the Golden Calf, and Korah’s rebellion. With each of these stories, Secrets of the Bible seeks to answer the following questions: What is the deeper message behind the story? How does it shape the Jewish worldview? What practical wisdom does it offer us today?


“People tend to read biblical stories as they do primitive mythology,” Rabbi Stolik said, “Our course invites participants to look deeper and discover the underlying themes and relevant life lessons that these stories were designed to convey.”


Throughout its six sessions, Secrets of the Bible explores major life themes, including human subjectivity and bias, the underpinnings of relationships, negotiating spiritual growth with practical impact, why inspiration is fleeting and how to make it last, understanding equality and privilege, and navigating parallel spiritual and material life paths.   


Secrets of the Bible presents wonderful ancient biblical stories in fresh and modern ways that deal with universal human dilemmas” explained Dr. Erica Brown, director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership at George Washington University. “The wisdom it shares should not remain a secret.”


Secrets of the Bible brings to an intelligent lay readership texts so formative to so many cultures worldwide that they cannot be ignored even by cultures looking on from without,” commented Dr. Joel Rosenberg, a professor of biblical literature at Tufts University. “By embracing post-biblical Jewish tradition, the course recognizes an interpretative process that begins with the Bible itself (interpreting its own past) and goes on to awaken the interpretive impulse in later readers exploring the experience of their own era.”


Like all JLI programs, this course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.


According to Rabbi Efraim Mintz, the New York-based executive director of JLI, “During these difficult times, now more than ever, the teachings of the Torah and Chasidism are a lifeline for so many, helping them cope with the practical and emotional turmoil caused by the pandemic. We hope that people the world over take advantage of this opportunity to experience authentic, rigorous Torah study without the need to leave their homes.”


Interested students may call call 305-490-7572 or visit for registration and for other course-related information.


JLI, the adult education branch of Chabad-Lubavitch, offers programs in more than 800 locations in the U.S. and in numerous foreign countries, including Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Panama, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Venezuela. More than 400,000 students have attended JLI classes since the organization was founded in 1998.