February 20, 2018


The Winnipeg Tri-Diocesan Committee for the Bat Kol Institute organized two evening sessions of lectures by Rabbi Alan Green who spoke on the vocation of the Prophets of Sacred Scripture. The talks were held at the lower church auditorium of Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Winnipeg's East Kildonan district on the 13th and the 20th of February 2018. One of the reasons why the church was selected as a host location was to offer participants the chance to view the large stained glass window triptych of Blessed Omelian Kovch. Blessed Omelian was a Ukrainian Catholic parish priest that was responsible for the saving of hundreds of Jews in western Ukraine during the Holocaust years. He was imprisoned for this at the infamous Majdanek concentration camp in NAZI-occupied Poland where he continued to minister to and comfort people of all faiths until his own death.

Rabbi Green has been serving at Winnipeg's Shaarey Zedek Synagogue for a number of years, but is now soon to retire. He has spoken in the past on different topics, including last year's well-attended "Jesus the Jew", but it is presumed that these sessions will be his last before official retirement. This year he chose to speak on the life and vocation of the Prophets. With the theme, "The Call of the Prophets" he led the participants through an exploration "of the initiatory experience of the Biblical Prophets, the experience which kick-started their prophetic careers. God approaches each of us differently, and this holds true for the Biblical Prophets as well."

During the session of the First week, he presented the Biblical accounts of some of the early Prophets. This included looking at the Biblical figures: Samuel, Saul, Nathan, David, Solomon, Elijah, Ahab, Jezebel and Elisha, among others.

In the second week, the participants were invited to study excerpts from the Books of Isaiah (Yeshayah), Hosea (Hoshea), Amos and Jeremiah (Yirmiyah) Ezekiel (Yechezkel). He concluded by playing a choral recording of an extraordinary composition based on the text of Isaiah 2:1-4.

"It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Temple of HASHEM* shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: "Come, let us go up to the mountain of HASHEM, to the Temple of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us His ways and that we may walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the Torah*, and the word of HASHEM from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall settle the arguments for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."

Aside from members of the Bat Kol Committee many other individuals attended the two sessions. Among them were two of the city's archbishops - Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak and His Grace Richard Gagnon, as well as a number of Religious Sisters and clergy and interested individuals from various parishes and denominations. At the close of the last session, representatives of Winnipeg's Bat Kol Committee expressed their gratitude to Rabbi Green for his years of collaboration. The parish priest of Holy Eucharist, also expressed thanks on behalf of all the parishioners for the Rabbi's visits and presented him with a figurine of a Rabbi reading the Torah and teaching…


* HaShem - the Name - the Lord

* Torah - the Law

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