In this course, we’ll explore the age-old question: “Are we products of our upbringing, or is there something deeper within us like our soul, destiny, or genetics that shapes who we are?” Through Rebbe Nachman’s story, “The Sons Who Were Switched,” we follow the intertwined lives of two boys, one born to a queen and the other to a servant, as they grapple with their conscience, make crucial decisions, and unearth surprising discoveries about themselves. This journey will prompt us to reflect on our own identities, why it matters, and how understanding ourselves contributes to a world in need of fixing. Join us in this thought-provoking exploration of character, destiny, and self-discovery.
Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder
Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder currently teaches Jewish studies to high-schoolers at Gann Academy outside of Boston. His work with teens also includes an incredible group of private students, both pre- and post-bar mitzvah. His focus on the experiences of Jewish teens and what our tradition can offer them literally keeps him up at night and is the overall focus of his career and lifestyle. Before Gann he worked at MIT Hillel, and before that he was a pulpit rabbi in Boulder, Colorado. He also runs a small independent Jewish publishing house and maintains a rigorous writing schedule. He has not let go of his dream of being a rock star.
Meet the Instructor
Courses in our special learning campaign are open to anyone in the community who registers at no cost. The Q&A will be reserved for current high-school students.