Reading the Rabbis


Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Texts and Traditions
Instructor: Rabbi Natan Margalit (Read bio)
Partner Organization: Organic Torah, Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal
Location: Online via Zoom

Reading the Rabbis: Pirkei Avot, Chapter Three (7 sessions) > New <
Session: Summer 2023
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Eastern
Dates: June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 19, 26; August 2, 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. In this class we will focus on Chapter Three. We’ll mostly rely on the commentary of Ovadia Bartenura (1445-1515) as well as other classic commentaries and an occasional Hasidic commentary.

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