Professor Shai Cherry, Ph.D.

Professor Shai Cherry
  • Congregation Adath Jeshurun
  • Brandeis University
Learning can be informational but it can also be transformational. Two millennia ago, Rabbis debated the relative value of learning versus doing. They agreed that learning was more important precisely because it leads to doing! To paraphrase Hillel: Don't be obnoxious. Go and learn!

Rabbi Shai Cherry, PhD, is currently affiliated with Congregation Adath Jeshurun, Elkins Park, PA. Previously he was the Executive Director of Shaar Hamayim: A Jewish Learning Center in Solana Beach, CA. He earned his B.A. (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Claremont McKenna College, and his Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from Brandeis University. Professor Cherry has received several awards for his work in community education. As he pursued his doctorate, he served as family educator at a Reform temple in the Boston area and taught Rabbinics and Modern Jewish Thought at Hebrew College. He taught Jewish Thought at Vanderbilt University from 2001 to 2005, and subsequently taught at the University of California, Los Angeles and at American Jewish University. Professor Cherry's research focuses on biblical interpretation and the nexus between science and Judaism. His essay Three Twentieth-Century Jewish Responses to Evolutionary Theory appeared in the 2003 volume of Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism. His most recent book is Torah through Time: Understanding Bible Commentary from the Rabbinic Period to Modern Times.

"Dr. Cherry's presentation may well be the finest I've experienced. His enthusiasm and subtle humor enlivened the well-chosen material--I look forward to his presentation of additional material in the future." "Shai Cherry is one of the very best of the excellent teachers you have brought into your enterprise. The course was brilliantly conceived and executed with virtuosity."

4 Courses and Sets

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4 Courses and Sets

  1. Introduction to Judaism Sale

    Introduction to Judaism

    Shai Cherry
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    Judaism is far from simple, and as a religion, culture, and civilization, it has evolved in surprising ways. Professor Shai Cherry shows how, for all it has changed, Judaism has maintained unbroken ties to a foundation text, an ethnicity, a set of rituals and holidays, and a land. Join him for this enlightening 24-lecture course and discover Judaism’s remarkable history.
  2. (Set) Introduction to the Study of Religion & Introduction to Judaism  Set on sale

    (Set) Introduction to the Study of Religion & Introduction to Judaism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    How do scholars study the ways the religious experience is felt, shared, and communicated? How do they explain how this extraordinarily powerful force can define and shape the communities it creates? You find the answers with Professor Charles B. Jones as he offers a vibrant look at this discipline in Introduction to the Study of Religion. Next, in 24 intriguing lectures, join Professor Shai Cherry as he explores...
  3. (Set) Introduction to Judaism & Jewish Intellectual History  Set

    (Set) Introduction to Judaism & Jewish Intellectual History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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  4. (Set) Introduction to Judaism & Beginnings of Judaism  Set on sale

    (Set) Introduction to Judaism & Beginnings of Judaism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
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    Unlock the mysteries of Jewish history, thought, and ritual in these two illuminating courses taught by expert scholars of Judaism. In Introduction to Judaism, award-winning Professor Shai Cherry shows you this 3,000-year-old faith's rich history and its unbroken ties to a foundational text, a set of rituals and holidays, and a holy land. Next, witness Judaism's growth from its biblical roots to the highly developed...