Adult Education

Come this summer and study The Way of Man by Martin Buber with Rabbi Haigh and Lois Fein at Shir Shalom.

An open mind and your life experience are the only prerequisites. Free and open to the public!

Join us at noon for bagels and light refreshments prior to diving into Martin Buber’s THE WAY OF MAN at 12:30pm.

Buber teaches the task of every person … “is to affirm for God’s sake the world and himself and by this very means to transform both.”

Discussion Class Schedule (each class covers one chapter of the 42 page book):

  • July 9th: Self Awareness
  • July 23rd: The Particular Way
  • August 5th: Resolution
  • August 20th: Beginning with Oneself
  • September 3rd: Not to be preoccupied with Oneself
  • October 8th: Here Where One Stands

About the Book:

Martin Buber was one of the most significant religious thinkers of the twentieth century. In this short and remarkable book, he presents the essential teachings of Hasidism, the mystical Jewish movement which swept through Eastern Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Told through legendary tales of the Hasidic masters, together with Buber’s own unique insights, The Way of Man offers us a way of understanding ourselves and our place in a spiritual world.

“There is something,” he suggests, “that can only be found in one place. It is a great treasure, which may be called the fulfillment of existence. The place where this treasure can be found is the place on which one stands.”

Challenging us to recognize our own potential and to reach our true goal, The Way of Man is a life-enhancing book.

About the Author:

Martin Buber is among the foremost twentieth-century philosophers of human relations and Jewish thought. He is best known for his revival of popular interest in Hasidism and his philosophy of dialogue, a form of existentialism centered on the distinction between the I-Thou and I-It relationships. His work on Hasidic thought, Zionism and religious philosophy continues to influence both the academic study of Judaism and religious thinking more broadly. He also inspired the trend toward neo-Hasidism among modern Jews. His books include I and Thou, Tales of the Hasidim, On Judaism and many others.