To Flee or Not to Flee: A Skill-Building Talmud Course
To Flee or Not to Flee: A Skill-Building Talmud Course

Rabbi Tali Adler, Rabbi Micha’el Rosenberg, and Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish

Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00-1:30 PM Eastern

Oct 11-Dec 8




In the case of someone who kills without intent, the Torah prescribes a unique consequence: the killer must flee to the closest “city of refuge,” and after entering, they may not leave. This case lends itself to discussions about human negligence and sacred responsibility and intersects with modern conversations about the ethics of imprisonment as a form of punishment.

This class is being taught in 3 groups, so that we can most closely meet students at their skill and background. Interested students will be directed to a brief written assessment so that we can place you in the group that best corresponds to your textual fluency. You are not considered registered for the class until you have completed this assessment.

Please note that this is a textually oriented class and even the beginner level presumes that students have very basic Modern/Mishnaic Hebrew. If you have questions about this or anything else about the class, be in touch with Dena Weiss at [email protected].

Meet the Instructors

Rabbi Tali Adler, a musmekhet of Yeshivat Maharat, received her undergraduate degree from Stern College, where she majored in Political Science and Jewish Studies. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, during her time at Yeshivat Maharat, Tali served as the clergy intern at Kehilat Rayim Ahuvim and Harvard Hillel. Tali has studied in a number of Jewish institutions, including Drisha and Midreshet Harova.


Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg is faculty at Hadar. He received rabbinic ordination both from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and from his teacher, Rav Elisha Ancselovits. He also holds a PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Micha’el has served as associate professor of rabbinics at Hebrew College, and as the rabbi of the Fort Tryon Jewish Center in Washington Heights. He is the author of Signs of Virginity: Testing Virgins and Making Men in Late Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2018), and with Rabbi Ethan Tucker, he is the co-author of Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law (Ktav, 2017).


Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish is faculty at Hadar and a Senior Coach for Pedagogy of Partnership. She is completing her PhD in Rabbinics at Harvard University. Her interests include rabbinic approaches to gender, parenting, and education. She has published several articles, including, "Upending the Curse of Eve: Reframing Maternal Breastfeeding in BT Ketubot" (2017). Rabbi Walfish has taught Tanakh, Talmud, and Jewish Law in numerous settings including the Conservative Yeshiva, Hadar, Harvard University, Hebrew College, and the National Havurah Committee's summer institute. She revels in the process of learning Torah with and from her students.