January 9, 2016

Adult Education

Wisdom of the Talmud

Join Rabbi Singer in a lively discussion about Jewish law, ethics, customs, and history as found in the pages of the Talmud. This year we are continuing to focus on the roots of the Sh’ma and Amidah, foundations of Jewish prayer, found in Masechet Brachot. Books are available for order. No previous Talmud study required. Class will meet after the Shabbat lunch shmooze around 1 p.m.

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The Unfolding Tradition: An Exploration of Jewish Practice from Its Origins to Today

Did you ever wonder how we got 4 cups of wine/grape juice at the Passover seder? Or why we light Shabbat and holiday candles? Why do we have to wait 1, 3, or 6 hours between eating meat and having an ice cream sundae? Or why Jewish wedding rings have no precious stones?

This class will explore the historical and philosophical development of halacha (Jewish law) regarding some of the Jewish practices we have come to love, loathe or question. As we walk from the Bible through the Middle Ages and into the modern world, we will encounter a tradition that is both flexible, richly diverse, and rooted in systematic halachic processes.

Materials: The Unfolding Tradition: Jewish Law After Sinai, Elliot Dorff
A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice, Isaac Klein

Supplemental material: CJLS teshuvot provided by Rabbi

Class Dates Monday nights at 7:15pm:
3/4, 3/11, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20

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