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Three rabbis to explore ‘Finding G-d’ in Handmaker talk

(L-R) Rabbi Yossie Shemtov, Rabbi Thomas Louchheim and Rabbi Robert Eisen

Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging will continue its Rabbi Lecture Series with “Finding G-d (in the) Every Day,” featuring Rabbis Yossie Shemtov, Robert Eisen and Thomas Louchheim, on Sunday, May 21 at 3:30 p.m.

“The Baal Shem Tov taught us that everything you see or hear can serve as a lesson to serve G-d better,” says Shemtov of Chabad Tucson/Congregation Young Israel. He will illustrate this principle with stories from the life of the Baal Shem Tov, “Master of the Good Name,” the 18th century rabbi who founded the Chasidic movement.

“I begin with the premise that if we’re going to look for G-d or try to find G-d, we have to let G-d find us,” says Eisen, rabbi at Congregation Anshei Israel. “We have to break down the barriers that separate us from the possibility and potential of relating to that which is greater than ourselves.”

Louchheim, rabbi at Congregation Or Chadash, says, “We can have a personal relationship with G-d, but also understand that G-d is calling us to be responsible in this world in a particular way. My emphasis  on the 21st will be that sense of Divine purpose that G-d gives to us … understanding our responsibility to walk with G-d.”

The event will include a question and answer session. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Nanci Levy at 322-3632 or nlevy@handmaker.org.