West Hartford >> One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East. Fifty years later, Israel continues to face numerous existential threats.

Beginning Monday, May 15 at 7:30 pm, Chabad will offer a fascinating new six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute called “Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel Through the Lens of the Six-Day War.”

Commemorating 50 years since the Six-Day War, the course invites participants to experience a captivating account of what was at the time considered by many to be the most improbable and astonishing victory in all of military history.

Join an in-depth exploration of the Six-Day War and some of the difficult questions it raises and remain controversial today, such as:

• Jewish Homeland: If Judaism is a religion of ideas, why do we care so much about land?

• Anti-Israel Sentiment: Why does Israel perpetually raise the ire of the entire world?

• Preemptive Strikes: What are the ethics of preemptive strikes and collateral damage?

• Civilian Casualties: How should Israel protect itself against an enemy that hides behind human shields?

• Captured Territories: What should Israel do with territories captured during the Six-Day War

• Land for Peace: What lies at the heart of the land-for-peace debate?

“In Survival of a Nation modern history meets contemporary controversy,” explained Rabbi Shaya Gopin of Chabad in West Hartford, “The thrilling historic narrative raises questions about morality and the prospect of peace in the Middle East that began--or were highlighted during--the Six-Day war and remain unresolved.”

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.

The course will take place at the Chabad House, 2352 Albany Avenue in West Hartford for six Mondays beginning on May 15th at 7:30pm.

The fee for the series is $99. Chabad’s policy is no-one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Interested students may call 860.232.1116 or visit www.ChabadHartford.com/course for registration and for other course-related information.