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Lessons and Legacies in Masechet Avot
Day: Tuesday
Date: May 7 - June 4, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT
Suggested Contribution: $25
In this course, we will explore subtle linguistic and editorial elements of Masechet Avot to get a glimpse into the world of the Sages, how they studied, taught, and acted as custodians of the tradition. Through a careful study of lesser-known teachings from Avot, in light of competing textual traditions, particularly those of Avot d’Rabi Natan and the other “minor tractates” and Medieval commentaries, we will uncover an Avot as intellectually profound as it is spiritual. Special attention will be paid to the 15th century commentary of Rabbi Shimon b. Zemach Duran (Rashbatz).
Yonatan Kohn is a doctoral student in the Department of History of the Jewish People at Ben Gurion University, whose dissertation explores the writings of Rabbi Shimon b. Zemach Duran. Yonatan was awarded semikha at Yeshiva University’s Gruss Institute, and he has taught at several schools and yeshivot, including the Maimonides School, Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavne, Shaalvim for Women, and Yeshivat Darche Noam. Yonatan has also contributed to the Koren Steinsaltz Project, the Tzurba M’Rabanan series, and other publications, as a writer, translator, and editor. He lives with his family in Yad Binyamin, Israel.