Lunch ‘n’ Learn April 27: The Ethics of Self-Driving Cars 

The wave of the future is upon us. Several companies are rapidly developing self-driving cars. Many are on the road today. Google’s self-driving cars have logged over a million miles on the road. In the case of an emergency, the computer must make life and death decisions: Does it swerve into a wall, sparing pedestrians in front of the car, and possibly endangering the lives of those in the car, or does it take out the pedestrians?

How are those decisions made? Whose lives get priority? Should consumers be able to choose the “ethical settings” on their cars? Who makes these decisions? This is real, and it’s now. The cars are on the road, and someone is programming these decisions. We’ll discuss some of the implications, and what Jewish sources would recommend.

Noon, Thursday, April 27, at the Offices of Sirote & Permutt

 

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Neshamah Minyan

“Neshamah” means soul in Hebrew.

The Jewish prayer service is designed as a long guided meditation that connects your soul to God and the Jewish people. The goal of the Neshamah Minyan is to help people who do not understand Hebrew and who do not have an in-depth understanding of the structure and allusions in the Hebrew prayerbook experience that kind of soul connection. Of course, understanding Hebrew and the prayers does not preclude you from participating in the Neshamah Minyan!

The service will include silent meditation, chanting, singing, a discussion of the Torah portion, as well as traditional Jewish prayer. Each prayer will be introduced with a teaching on the essence of the prayer we are about to recite.

The “Neshamah Minyan” will be an alternative service meeting in a separate space; the traditional Shabbat service will be led by Rabbi Joseph in the Kimerling Chapel that morning.

The service will begin at 10 am and finish by 11:45 am or noon so we can join the people participating in the traditional service for kiddush.

If you would like to help plan or lead the Neshamah Minyan, please contact Rav Barry.

 

Wednesday Morning Minyan Study Session

Congregants have the opportunity to do some learning over bagels with Rav Barry on Wednesday mornings after Minyan. The group decided to study halachah. Halachah is NOT just about WHAT we do – it’s also about WHY we do it. Halachah is the intersection of what we believe with what we do. It’s the process we use for weighing competing values which can include ritual issues, such as when we can say certain prayers or what we can eat, as well as moral issues, such as when is it appropriate to disconnect life support equipment from someone who is terminally ill.

Join us for at 7 am for Minyan, bagels and a study session with Rav Barry and TBE’s Minyanaires.

 

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