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From Antiquity Until Today: Claiming Our Rabbinic Heritage In Form and Content Taught by Rabbi Aaron Alexander

From Antiquity Until Today: Claiming  Our Rabbinic Heritage In Form and Content led by Rabbi Aaron Alexander

Tuesdays at 7:00pm in the Biran Beit Midrash
Series #1 Layers of Life & Law: Exploring the Talmudic Sugya (November 1st, 8th, 15th at 7pm)
Series #2 Literature of Lore & Love : Exploring the Mind of Midrash (February 7th, 14th, 21st at 7pm)

There is simply no detaching modern Jewish life from its ancient rabbininc foundation. The challenge has also been opening up the depth of these texts to those of us untrained in the technical, academic, medieval, and modern methods of learning rabbininc literature. 

In 2 three-week  sessions (one in the fall  and one in the spring) we will closely learn selections of Talmud and Midrash (in the original w/ translations provided), unpacking them with  tools scholars have developed and used throughout history to better understand what the original authors, editors, and redactors created & intended. We’ll explore the layers of a Talmudic passage (sugya), and the genres of Midrash–halakhah (law), aggadah (lore), and mashal (parable)--in order to not only understand the many forms of rabbininc literature, but also mine them for the content that inspires our religious lives.


The class will meet in-person. Please register below.

Wed, December 7 2022 13 Kislev 5783