Who Me?

Stories of Rabbinic Self-Consciousness

Rabba Yaffa Epstein

There are several stories in the Talmud where our Sages of Blessed Memory talk about themselves, and their positions as Rabbis and Leaders of Communities. We will examine the kinds of self-critique—as well as self-aggrandizement—the Rabbis utilize, and attempt to understand both how the Rabbis perceived themselves, and how that self-perception can inform our own relationship with Rabbinic Judaism today. Recorded live at the Community Beit Midrash, 2015.

Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, NA for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.