The Book of Kohelet: A Grumpy Perspective or Exhilarating Advice?

Date: Oct 16, 2018 - Oct 30, 2018

Time: noon - 1:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Online Learning


This series will explore the enigmatic biblical book Kohelet (Ecclesiastes). Kohelet is widely cited (“To everything there is a season”), is often held up as a source of pessimism (“Everything is futile”), and is sometimes perceived as contradicting both the Torah and itself! Exploring selected portions of the text, we will come to appreciate the richness of this book; why we read its wisdom every year during the fall cycle of Jewish holidays; and the sage advice it can offer every one of us.

Three Tuesdays
October 16, 23, 30, 2018
12:00–1:00 p.m. ET


Associate Provost and Assistant Professor of Bible and Its Interpretation Dr. Stephen Garfinkel has previously served as a visiting faculty member at Yale University and Hunter College. While serving as educational coordinator for United Synagogue Youth, Dr. Garfinkel wrote and/or edited more than 15 books on Jewish education. He is a member of the Association for Jewish Studies, Columbia University Hebrew Biblical Seminar, and the Society of Biblical Literature. Dr. Garfinkel’s scholarly publications have appeared in a variety of journals, including Vetus Testamentum, Conservative Judaism, and the Journal of the Ancient Near Eastern Society.

Cost: $60 (includes all curricular materials)

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

For more information, contact Lynn Feinman at or (212) 678-8821.