Introduction to Talmud
This course will introduce participants to the world of Talmudic literature. Through a study of various passages of Tractate Brachot you will be exposed to the content and structure of Talmudic texts and will gain an understanding of the purpose, culture, literary and historical text of the Talmud. We will learn Talmudic terminology, halachic concepts and Aramaic vocabulary. Learn or refresh your learning about the basics of Talmud study, no prior experience in Talmud is necessary. Series are stand alone.
Ezra and Nechemiah: Leading the Charge to Zion
Last year we studied most of the Book of Ezra, following the Jewish exiles return to Zion to build a Temple decades after the destruction of the First Temple. We will finish Ezra and then study the Book of Nechemiah which continues the narrative of Ezra. Nechemiah attempts to rally and inspire a small, impoverished and assimilated population of Jews to reclaim their proud heritage. What worked, and what didn’t work? What are the lessons for us?
Tuesdays, October 17 - June 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
The Birth of Moral Selfhood: The Origin and
Resolution of Sibling Rivalry
We will examine and compare the approaches taken by different commentaries in analyzing the Torah text focusing on elements of language and structure to uncover and interpret literary patterns and themes studying Genesis, chapters 16 and 22. We will embark on an in-depth study of the story Hagar and Yishmael and the story of Sarah and Yitzchak focusing on the origin and resolution of sibling rivalry in these passages. Through a close reading of the Torah text, the midrash and commentaries, we will explore the pivotal question, is peace between the children of Yishmael and the children of Yitzchak a pipe dream or future reality?
Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., October 17 – May 29
For information and registration call: 647-70-TORAH (86724)