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April 19, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
TALMUD SEMINAR WITH RAFI LICHT
Sundays: Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 15, Apr. 19, May 17
11:00 AM-1:00 PM
The Talmud is the foundation of Rabbinic Judaism, and in that respect, it is the foundation of Judaism as we know and experience it. The Talmud was compiled between 200 and 500 CE and is comprised of the Mishnah and the Gemara. While sometimes referred to as “oral law,” the Talmud is much more than a legal text — it is the interpretation of all aspects of the Tanakh (the Torah, books of the prophets, and other canonical Jewish texts). Together, the Mishnah and Gemara reflect millennia of discourse on the laws, stories, and traditions that together comprise Jewish life.
Though the Talmud contains a mixture of Hebrew and Aramaic — the lingua franca of the Middle East of the time — thankfully you do not need to know either language to learn about it! There are now wonderful English translations available, and we will rely on those translations when we meet. Each of our class sessions will puzzle through a particular section of Mishnah and Gemara, so if you miss a class — don’t worry about it — you won’t fall behind.
Bagels and coffee will be served. Studying the Talmud is a passion of SHS congregant Rafi Licht, who has taught numerous Talmud classes to adults ranging from Talmud novices to mavens. Please email Rafi with your RSVP and/or questions.