Reading the Rabbis

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Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Texts and Traditions
Instructor: Rabbi Natan Margalit (Read bio)
Day and Time: Thursdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Eastern
Partner Organization: Organic Torah, Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal
Location: Online via Zoom

Students have the option to choose Reading the Rabbis Part 1: Pirkei Avot Chapter Two, Reading the Rabbis Part 2: Hasidic Perspectives on Shavuot, or to register for both Parts 1 & 2 at once.

Reading the Rabbis Part 1: Pirkei Avot, Chapter Two (7 sessions)
Dates: 2/2, 2/9, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 2023
Fee: $252 Generous financial scholarships available

If you have some Hebrew knowledge but have been wishing that you could “break the Sefer Barrier” and learn to read classic Jewish texts such as the Mishnah and rabbinic commentaries on your own, this is for you. We strike a balance between focus on Hebrew reading skills and commenting and discussing the fascinating ideas and content of one of the most beloved of rabbinic texts: Pirkei Avot. Pirkei Avot is a unique collection of ethics sayings and wisdom of the ancient rabbis.

Reading the Rabbis Part 2: Hasidic Perspectives on Shavuot (3 sessions)
Dates: 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 2023
Fee: $108 Generous financial scholarships available

If you have some Hebrew knowledge but have been wishing that you could “break the Sefer Barrier” and learn to read classic Jewish texts such as the Mishnah and rabbinic commentaries on your own, this is for you. We will strike a balance between focusing on Hebrew reading skills and commenting and discussing the content of the texts. We will delve into Hasidic commentaries on Shavuot, also known as the time of the Giving of the Torah, such as the Netivot Shalom and the S’fat Emet, both to work on our Hebrew reading skills and to gain insights from the content offered by these Hasidic masters.

Reading the Rabbis Parts 1 & 2 Combined (10 sessions)
Dates: 2/2, 2/9, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 2023
Fee: $360 Generous financial scholarships available

Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning is for learners of all backgrounds.