A Credible Case for Feeling Good about the Future

Monday, 19 April, 2021 - 6:52 pm

This spring, the Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will offer This Can Happen, a new six-session course that will address a pressing question on many minds: is the current situation going to get any better?

 “Many people nurse this idea that matters are getting progressively worse, and, fostered by much hysterical media and general dialogue, an environment of fear and despair is all too rampant,” Mrs. Adina Altein, co-director of the local JLI chapter in Winnipeg, told The Jewish Post & News. “Exploring the science of world history and looking at the actual facts paint an eye-opening picture, one that can provide real, practical hope.”

Beginning Tuesday, April 27 at 7:30 pm, students who enroll in this course will embark on a journey that will explore one of the most misunderstood and maligned topics in the Jewish canon—the future redemption. 

The course will be offered over Zoom. Sign in information will be provided at the time of enrollment.

This Can Happen presents audiences with an opportunity to finally appreciate what Judaism really means when it talks about a “Messiah.” Considering that for many in the modern world, utopian visions of world peace and endless bounty sound like the stuff of fairy tales, this course summons the sources and the data to dispel such primitive notions and educate audiences that the Messianic era is a deep, broad climax to the entire story of the universe.

The subtitle of This Can Happen, “A credible case for feeling good about the future,” is indicative of an approach to the topic that is particularly timely. “Recent events have put so many on the edge, and the longer matters drag on, the louder the voice of helplessness becomes,” explained Rabbi Naftali Silberberg of JLI’s Brooklyn, New York, headquarters. “If we can make—as stated in our title—a ‘credible case’ to be optimistic about times ahead, that is remarkably edifying.”

As with all of JLI’s programs, This Can Happen is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.

People interested in participating may call 204-339-8737 or visit for registration and for other course-related information.

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