This is in the Talmud? Rabbinic Stories that are Cringeworthy, Surprising and Enlightening


Program: Hebrew College Open Circle Jewish Learning: Texts and Traditions
Instructor: Rabbi Sonia Saltzman (Read bio)
Day and Time: Tuesdays 7:30-9 p.m.
Dates: 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30 2023 (5 sessions)
Location: In person at Temple Emanuel, Newton
Fee: $180 Generous financial scholarships available

Come and learn five fascinating stories from the Talmud which offer us valuable insights into a much-needed skill for our day: how to manage difficult and sensitive interactions. In these stories, we witness the pain and shame that ensue when disagreements, which the sages value so highly, devolve into what, today, we call “cancel culture.” And we witness as well, the sages’ interactions with friends, mentors, and spouses – some of which are exquisitely sensitive but many that show deep disregard for the other. We will explore what we can learn from their failures and successes. We will look at these stories beyond the traditional storyline and with the help of contemporary writers and scholars, we will foreground the voices of women, like Imma Shalom, Bruria and Rachel, to bring additional nuance and relevance to these rich stories of old.

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