The Laba Theme for 2018-2019 is LIFE + DEATH

“Repent one day before your death,” says Rabbi Eliezer in the Mishnah. Because we can’t, of course, know which day is going to be our last. And so our lives should be a continual process of repentance.

But just what does death mean? Is it an end or a beginning? Is it terrifying or cathartic? Should we dread it or make our peace with its imminence?

To address these questions, this year’s theme, LIFE + DEATH, will dive into everything from the Bible’s most notable departures, to the Talmud’s wisdom of letting go, to Kabbalah’s ideas about the transmigration of souls. Reading these classical Jewish texts, we will wrestle with humanity’s two central modes of existence: to be, and not to be.

If these subjects move you, we invite you to apply and be our fellow for 2018-2019. Together, we’ll use classical Jewish texts to inspire art, dialogue, and study. Most importantly, we’ll have a great time talking, eating, drinking and learning in the lush, fertile, free-flowing, romantic, super-serious and endlessly playful environment of LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture.