Rediscovering the Amidah with Rabbi Elie Kaunfer
When? Starting January 7
Thursdays, 12:00-12:50 PM Eastern
If any prayer is core to the Jewish tradition, it is the Amidah. In this series we will explore the beauty and complexity of this important prayer, whose language and themes remain closed to us, and ask: How can I interpret the siddur in a grounded and traditional yet creative manner? What do you do when you "disagree" with the prayer's content?
Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Ethan Tucker
When? Starting January 12
Tuesdays, 8:00-9:15 PM Eastern
In this class, we will learn the sixth chapter of Sanhedrin (beginning on 42b) as we explore issues around capital punishment in rabbinic law. We will focus on the original text and Rashi, with occasional reference to a Tosafot and outside commentaries, both medieval and modern. This is a perfect class both for people with a background in Talmud as well as adventurous learners ready to jump in to the original text with a guide. We recommend you bring your own text if you are able to.
What Would You Die For? A Skill-Building Talmud Course on Tractate Sanhedrin with Rabbi Tali Adler
When? January 19-February 23
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-1:15 PM Eastern
The eighth chapter of Tractate Sanhedrin touches on issues of parental authority, addiction, the enigmatic laws of the Ben Sorer U’Moreh (“stubborn and rebellious son”), and our obligation to protect others. In this course, we will consider these issues as well as the balance between observing mitzvot with the obligation to value human life. Under what circumstances are we commanded to sacrifice lives for the sake of mitzvot? We will emphasize the text of the Talmud, periodically touching on Rashi and Tosafot while also learning key terminology and the structure of the text. This course is intended for students who have some experience studying Talmud.
Details: Registration costs $72. No independent preparation is expected, though there may be some in-class havruta learning. In order to maintain an active and participatory learning environment, students will be expected to learn with cameras on. Class size will be capped at 25 participants.