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Tesla, Pokémon Go, and hair-splitting Talmudic arguments

 

Rabbi Majesky instructing a previous JLI course.

Engage in a brain-twisting, mind-wrestling, hair-splitting experience as you explore modern situations and the complex dilemmas they give rise to while you seek solutions by examining original Talmudic texts.

Beginning the week of January 29, 2017, Chabad Centers throw-out metro Orlando and central Florida will offer a fascinating new six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) called The Dilemma: Modern Conundrums. Talmudic Debates. Your Solutions.

In an example of one such conundrum, Tesla Motors is currently programming self-driving cars for instances when death is inevitable. Should they program the cars to swerve and avoid killing more pedestrians, but kill one whose life was previously not endangered? Should it favor the lives of pedestrians over passengers? Should it favor the lives of younger people over those who are older? And should owners be given the ability to determine these settings?

In another example relating to the recently popularized Pokémon Go mobile app: Should the game's creators be held liable in the hundreds of cases of trespassing and damages that were incurred because of Pokémon characters negligently programmed to be found on private properties?

"The Dilemma is a mental expedition in which participants mind-wrestle with situations that force them to choose between two reasonable truths," said Rabbi Yanky Majesky of Chabad North Orlando the local JLI Instructor in Longwood. "Participants analyze, discuss, and debate original Talmudic texts to solve dilemmas and get an authentic taste of dynamic Talmud study."

"I find people love having the opportunity to engage in social discourse, particularly when it involves fascinating intellectual challenges and hot topics such as Pokémon Go and Tesla's self-driving cars," said Rabbi Majesky. "This is by far the most captivating course we've ever offered and I encourage everyone to attend."

The Dilemma is accredited in the State of Florida for continuing legal education credits for attorneys and others in the legal professions. Like all JLI programs, this course 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 particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship.

Interested students may visit www.myJLI.com or call 407-636-5994 to find the closest location, for registration and for other course-related information.

 

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