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Darkness Envelops Me
Darkness Envelops Me
The Talmud tells about the origins of Chanuka in a way that closely parallels a talmudic legend about Adam’s first encounter with darkness. As Chanuka begins, we will study these talmudic texts to illuminate our own encounter with the darkness and with the holiday of Chanuka.
Why Rain Comes from Above: Biblical and Rabbinic Reflections on Sharing Our Blessings
Why Rain Comes from Above: Biblical and Rabbinic Reflections on Sharing Our Blessings
Biblical and rabbinic texts about rain invite us to join in an exercise of religious imagination and to consider how this mundane—yet critically life-giving—event offers a model for reflecting on our responsibilities toward those who have less that we do. We will study several of these texts as a foundation for the work of learning about hunger and considering how we might respond.
Talmud Study as a Religious Practice
Talmud Study as a Religious Practice
Talmud study poses formidable challenges: the Talmud is a difficult and complex text, its modes of argumentation can appear foreign or artificial, much of its subject matter can seem dissonant with or distant from the realities of our lives. This lecture focuses on some of the more challenging aspects of the Talmud and discuss how these very attributes can contribute to the religious formation of the student of Talmud.
Mishnah and Memory: An Educational Exploration
Mishnah and Memory: An Educational Exploration
How should we think about Mishnah study if we take it seriously as an oral text? This lecture was delivered as part of A Day of Learning in Commemoration of the Tenth Yahrzeit of Rifka Rosenwein, z"l.
Trouble in the Vineyard: Talmudic Stories of the Sages of Yavneh (part 1 of a 4-session course)
Trouble in the Vineyard: Talmudic Stories of the Sages of Yavneh (part 1 of a 4-session course)
Click here to listen to the other class sessions. Stories invite us into the lives- real or imagined- of others, challenging us to use our minds and hearts to enter their struggles, conflicts and achievements. In this series, we will learn four stories about a famous group of sages- Rabban Gamliel, Rabbi Eliezer, Rabbi Yehoshua and Rabbi Akiva. We will discuss methodological issues relating to the study of aggadah, and we will use a variety of tools to weave our way into this tapestry of narratives.