'The Walking Dead' Taking Over Temple Emanuel

Just in time for Halloween, Temple Emanuel of North Jersey is hosting an innovative, informative and refreshingly brainy program dealing with the complex morality of AMC's hit show "The Walking Dead."

Even casual followers of AMC's standout show, The Walking Dead, will know that from week to week loyalties change.

Characters worth rooting for last episode, shift into despicable story arcs — Rick come back to us! — and odious characters, like Daryl, will often reveal a softer side. 

This fascinating, twisted dynamic played out across the series' captivating cast of characters will be broken down at a zombie-packed program at Temple Emanuel of North Jersey on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. 

The event will highlight the human element at play for fan-favorite Shane in one pivotal episode from the horror series' second season.

Don't worry, no spoilers here.

"The ultimate goal of the panel discussion is to reflect on big issues: the sanctity of life, the limitations to our own right to self-preservation and — most importantly – how we maintain our moral core, our most cherished values, when it is most difficult to do so… under extreme pressure and extraordinary conditions of adversity," said TENJ Rabbi Joseph Prouser.

"I look forward to a very entertaining and educational evening," said TENJ Rabbi Joseph Prouser.

According to the rabbi, guests can expect a discussion on big-ticket issues such as "What do we truly believe?" and "What ideas will we defend and maintain at whatever the cost?"  

"It is my hope and expectation that approaching these probing questions through the medium of this popular TV series will open up critical matters of moral literacy to a young community who might not otherwise confront such critical and serious matters," Prouser said.

He hopes Temple Emanuel will continue to offer further forums "examining the nexus between popular culture and the moral obligations that elevate and sanctify us as human beings."

Panelists include Professor Alyssa Gray, Father Donald Hummel, Lawyer Moshe Horn, and Richard Altabef, who worked closely with Mike Wallace at “60 Minutes,” specializing in the legalities of investigative reporting.

Check out the attached flyer for more details.

Admission to the event is free, and reservations are recommended. Call 201-560-0200 for more info.

Temple Emanuel is located at 558 High Mountain Rd. in Franklin Lakes.

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