UNION – On Sunday, Jan. 22, Dr. Jon Greenberg, Ph.D. in botany and Jewish scholar, will present the first of two lectures at the YM-YWHA of Union County that will culminate in a tour of the New York Botanical Garden.
The “Tora Flora” senior lecture series relates to botany in the Bible. The first lecture, “Lessons from the Olive Tree for Families, Jewish Unity and the Social Security System,” will include highlights such as the Chanukah story they didn’t tell you as a child, why a 19th century rabbi used botany to make sense of the Shabbat prayers and the hidden tree, and advice to adult children and parent in Psalm 92. A light brunch will also be served.
Greenberg is devoted to Biblical ethnobotany, which is the study of how people use plants in order to provide greater understanding of the Torah. This includes identifying the plants and other natural phenomena mentioned in the Bible, and using information about those plants to shed light on their use in everyday life and performing various obligations and commands in the Bible.
Greenberg received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Brown University and his master’s and doctorate degrees in agronomy from Cornell University. He was senior editor of science textbooks for Prentice Hall Publishing Co and is on the faculty of Yeshivas Ohr Yosef, the School of Education and Indiana University.
The cost of the noon lecture is $3 for JOY and Y members, and $8 for non-members. Call Susan at 1-908-289-8112 ext. 34 for information and reservations.
The YM-YWHA of Union is located at 501 Green Lane.
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