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Talmud Made Easy with Al Ray
Tuesday, July 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Tuesday evenings, July 16, 23, and 30, 2019 (3 sessions)
Instructor: Al Ray
One of the great mysteries of human history is that the Jewish people survived two thousand years of exile and persecution and still emerged vibrant and intact. The Talmud was instrumental in making this possible, for it allowed us as a people to adapt to new conditions and exigencies while never diminishing the sanctity of the Torah.
Take the example of “the disciplined son.” The Torah states: “When a man has a stubborn and rebellious son…all the city’s people shall batter him with stones so he dies.” (Deut. 21:18-21) Even the earliest generations of Rabbis realized that this, and many other ancient Biblical laws, were intolerable and needed to be “reasoned” out of existence. But this needed to be accomplished without diminishing the sanctity of the laws that were considered to have been handed down at Mt. Sinai.
Al Ray will discuss this and many other examples of the Talmud’s adaptability as he takes us on a journey back in time to the generation that founded Rabbinic Judaism. We’ll learn why it was not only permissible, but imperative, to interpret the laws so that the Torah could be a “living” document to its people. He will also provide insights into how this great enterprise speaks to us as modern Reform Jews.
$35; $25 for Beth Israel Members. Please RSVP at least one week in advance. For more information contact Program Director Ilene Tatro; email@example.com or call 858 535-1111, ext.2516