In this five-session series, we'll explore some of the major passages in the 6th chapter of Sanhedrin, Nigmar HaDin ("the verdict is completed"). This chapter deals with the application of the death penalty and explores issues of atonement, human dignity, and the place of the Divine in our sorrow. What does it mean to give someone a "mitah yafah," a beautiful death and how does it apply to the case of one who is being executed? For whose benefit are all of the mourning rituals around death: the one who has died or the living? How do we preserve human dignity with someone at the hands of the criminal justice system?
This class will not be havruta-based. We will go through and discuss the texts together; both the original text and a translation will be provided. The content for the five-sessions will be cumulative, therefore, registration for all parts of the series is highly encouraged.
To register and for specifics of location, please email Rabbi Avi Strausberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choose the Location Most Convenient for You:
- Dupont Circle, 8:00pm-9:00pm
Mondays February 4, 11, 18, 25, & March 4
- Shepherd Park, 8:30-9:30pm
Wednesdays Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, & March 6