Lunch and Learn
Starting in January, Hillel has been hosting “Lunch and Learn” gatherings every other week in the Hillel House. Students who attend get lunch from the E. Cafe and sit together to discuss a topic affecting modern Jews, especially those relevant to young adults. Each meeting is lead by different members of the W&L community, with Director Brett Schwartz leading the first one and Prof. Richard Marks lined up for the February lunch.
Thirteen students attended the first Lunch and Learn, which focused on the practice of tattooing in the Jewish religion. Attendees watched interviews of tattooed Jews and read the relevant laws in the Torah the rabbis interpreted as prohibiting tattoos, as well as the different modern movements’ stances on the issue. The topic lead to an interesting discussion of which laws in the Torah modern Jews choose to follow strictly and which they are willing to bend. Students, Jewish and non-Jews alike, are looking forward to the next luncheon titled “Talking Snakes and Splitting Seas: Is Any of That Stuff in the Bible True?”
Sammy Rosier ’14
VP Shabbat and High Holidays