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A Humanist Approach to Suffering

Guest Speaker: Rabbi Adam Chalom, Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation, Lincolnshire

After a two-year absence, Rabbi Chalom returns to speak at LSUS.  Buddhism claims that life is suffering, and classical religion assumed suffering was part of a divine plan.  What if we believe that human pain is not fair punishment for sins in this life or a previous one?  Can we find a positive response to misery more sympathetic than “stuff happens”?  All meaningful approaches to life need an answer to this eternal question.

 Rabbi Adam Chalom has been a life-long Humanist – he was raised as a Humanistic Jew at the Birmingham Temple in suburban Detroit, the founding congregation of Humanistic Judaism.  Rabbi Chalom earned a B.A. cum laude from Yale University in Judaic Studies, a Master’s Degree at the University of Michigan in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies, Rabbinic ordination from the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (IISHJ), and a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in Near Eastern Studies.  He is also Dean for North America of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (IISHJ), and serves on the Advisory Council of The Humanist Institute. He has previously spoken at LSUS several times.