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The Secret of the Talmud

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Thursday nov 8th

Beit Avi Chai presents "The Secret of the Talmud's Magic": Discussion and Guided Study

The Babylonian Talmud is a unique and exceptional work that forms the core of the Jewish library. The wealth and diversity; the transitions between law and myth; the legends and the narratives; the complexity and the twists and turns; the humor-all these and more make the Talmud into a fascinating and exciting work that has always occupied a major place in Jewish culture.

* Each session will last for about two hours.
*This is a Hebrew-language only event

Session 1: Introduction to the Talmud

Thursday, November 8, 8 PM

How was the Talmud created? Who were the unknown sages who edited and organized it? What guided them? What is the secret behind the tension between the Babylonian Talmud and its Jerusalem counterpart?

Prof. Yishai Rozen Tzvi, Department of Hebrew Culture, Tel Aviv University, research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute
Dr. Rami Reiner, Department of Jewish Philosophy, Ben-Gurion University
Moderator and study facilitator: Prof. Avigdor Shinan, the Hebrew University.

Session 2: The Talmud in the Study Circles

Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 8 PM

About the fascinating text that describes fiery study and the debates that have raged ever since-in study pairs, in classrooms, and in the batei midrash.

Rabbi David Stav, chair, Tzohar Rabbis
Prof. Shulamit Weller, Department of Jewish History, University of Haifa
Moderator and study facilitator: Yuval Blankovsky, doctoral student in Talmud, Potsdam University (Germany)

Session 3: Talmudic Aggadah

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Aggadah makes up a third of the Babylonian Talmud and expresses a wide range of opinions and beliefs. In this session we will consider the uniqueness of talmudic aggadah and the interpretations the kabbalists gave it.

Prof. Avigdor Shinan
Prof. Moshe Idel, professor emeritus, Department of Jewish Philosophy, the Hebrew University

Session 4: The Israeli Talmud

Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 8 PM

About the role and impact of the Talmud in Israeli society, in the new batei midrash, and its creation of a vision for the contemporary world.

Ari Alon, BINA, Shalom Hartman Institute, Leo Baeck Center, Haifa
Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Brandes, head of BEIT Morasha
Dr. Michal Bar-Asher Sigal, Bar-Ilan University
Moderator: Yuval Blankovsky

Session 5: Talmud, Culture, and Art

Thursday, December 6, 8 PM

"Like a Perpetual Fountain"-on the Talmud as an exciting and fascinating text that serves as a source of inspiration for artistic endeavor in diverse areas.

Panel includes:
Dr. Ruhama Weiss, scholar of Talmud and culture
Eliaz Cohen, poet, Mashiv Haruach
Dov Abramson, designer and artist
Moderator: Prof. Avigdor Shinan

Admission: NIS 30, students NIS 20; NIS 120 for the series


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